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Where Is Lake Wobegon Actually Located?

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  Bemidji and other cities across Minnesota are renaming their towns, honorary “Lake Wobegons” for the weekend. It’s to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Garrison Keillor’s, “Prairie Home Companion” radio show.

Garrison Keillor: “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota my hometown. The weather has gotten warmer….”

  Many folks in Bemidji know the Prairie Home Companion show well. Garrison Keillor has brought it to town 3 times now.  He was here just last November.

  Mayor Rita Albrecht was part of the program and says its tourism promotion, money   just can’t buy.

Rita Albrecht, Bemidji Mayor: “I talked about Bemidji and all the great things that are happening here. That went out to 4-million listeners, after that happened we had a lot of people asking about Bemidji.”

  And now, Bemidji has been designated as Lake Wobegon… at least, through the weekend anyway. 

  Carol Olson has been working at the visitor’s center here for years now. She says so far, nobody has come in asking for directions to Lake Wobegon.

Carol Olson, Visitors Center: “After the designation today, I’m sure I will be.”

Reporter: “What will you tell them?”

Olson: “I’m not real sure…ha.”

Reporter: “Do you know where it is?”

Bonnie Saboe, Tourist: “No. But we can google it and look in the book we have.”

Reporter: “Do you think it’s going to show you where Lake Wobegon is?”

Saboe: “Probably not. But, it’s OK.. I’m going to try. It’s OK.”

Garrison Keillor: “That’s the news from Lake Wobegon…”

Now, if you’re sitting at home and still wondering where Lake Wobegon is actually located, you’re apparently not from Minnesota.

  If you are looking for something to do in the Bemidji area, or what’s now called Lake Wobegon for the holiday weekend. The annual water carnival is underway and runs through Sunday.

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