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April 8, 2004 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
I am a soon-to-retire 6th grade teacher in a public school system always troubled by money problems and general angst. My career has gone by in a flash, and I forgot to get married. I am looking toward a nice place to retire. Are there really bachelor farmers from Norway in Minnesota? Are there any about my age?


The bachelor farmers I talk about on the show (whose grandparents came from Norway) are not people you'd want to get mixed up with, but probably there are plenty of nice bachelors your age, some of whom might even be farmers, and I recommend the Internet as the net with which to go fishing for them. You're a teacher and you can tell a great deal about someone by their writing style and the Internet gives you a chance to examine this at your leisure without having the subject breathing at you across a table. And you can ask direct questions and raise sensitive subjects. And you can tell if somebody has a sense of humor. There are plenty of websites where single people can find each other. Make this a research project.

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