Oprah Winfrey speaking tour to make St. Paul stop

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is taking her motivational spirit on the road early next year with an arena tour to promote a healthier lifestyle.

The former talk-show host and OWN television network chief announced Wednesday that the "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" tour will begin Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is working in conjunction with Weight Watchers Reimagined to offer a full-day of wellness conversations during the nine-city tour.

Ticketmaster's website says Oprah's Minnesota stop will be at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, September 13 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com. Exclusive presale access for the WW community begins Monday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. local time.

The tour will conclude in Denver on March 7. She will also make stops in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Atlanta; Dallas; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York.

It's Winfrey's first speaking tour in five years.

Along with high-profile guests, Winfrey said she wants to empower audiences to tap into their potential. The names of her guests will be released at a later date.

"What I know for sure is we can all come together to support a stronger, healthier, more abundant life — focused on what makes us feel energized, connected and empowered," Winfrey said in a statement. "As I travel the country, my hope for this experience is to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph — beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. This is the year to move forward, let's make it happen in 2020."

Winfrey has held other successful speaking tours, including "Oprah's Life Class" in 2012 and "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" in 2014.

During her upcoming tour, Winfrey will talk about her wellness journey with attendees and help develop their 2020 action plan. She will also share the latest in wellness research and interactive workbook exercises.

Attendees will spend the day with Oprah as she shares the personal ups and downs of her wellness journey and guides them to develop their own 2020 action plan through motivating conversations, the latest in wellness research and insightful interactive workbook exercises.

Every city will feature a different lineup of high-profile guests, electrifying experiences and invigorating talks as well as highlight inspiring individuals who took charge of their lives and created lasting change. Each tour stop will also feature a signature Oprah interview as she sits down for an intimate one-on-one conversation with some of the biggest celebrities, headline-makers and game-changers.

No word on who will be her interview subject in St. Paul.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for (Weight Watchers) to do what we do best: bring communities of people together with a shared goal of health and wellness," said Mindy Grossman, president and CEO of Weight Watchers.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit Weight Watchers Good, a philanthropic area of the organization to help bring fresh and healthy food to underserved communities.