Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: ‘Capitol Case’

Aug. 27, 2015
On the eve of public hearings at the state capitol, Supervisor of Facilities Maintenance and Operations Hank Hoovestahl is facing a grilling worse than that of any witness: If he does not get the chiller serving the meeting rooms in the recently remodeled building running by noon the next day, Senate Majority Leader—and armchair engineer—Lester Heapleach vows to, shall we say, remove him from office. Luckily for Hank, he has the backing of his pal Johnny Tundra.

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