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‘Fargo’ brings crime to Bemidji, eh?

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BEMIDJI — Crime. Check. Drama. Check. Silly Minnesota accents. More than likely, you betcha.

When news came out there was going to be a television adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 Academy Award winning film “Fargo,” obviously a lot of eyebrows were raised here in Minnesota. Trailers for the 10-episode mini-series, which starts April 15 on the FX Channel, started running in the past few weeks.

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The news of a TV “Fargo” hit home here in Bemidji when it was announced early on that “Breaking Bad” star Bob Odenkirk was going to don a faux Bemidji Police uniform for the show.

Odenkirk will play Bemidji Deputy Bill Oswalt, though there is little information about his role other than the name and a photo released showing him sporting a Bemidji Police shoulder patch and police badge. Filming of the show, though, is being done in Calgary, Canada.

What is known is that Billy Bob Thornton will be playing the show’s main character described as “a drifter named Lorne Malvo (who) arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman),” according to the plot description on imdb.com.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”) will also appear in four episodes, according to Variety, in which they play two FBI agents who track Thornton’s character and their search for him brings them to Bemidji of all places. Likewise, little else is known as of this time.

We’ll be waiting.

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Pioneer staff reports
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