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Keillor to bring 'Prairie Home Companion' to Bemidji

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BEMIDJI — ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ has a weekly audience of nearly 4 million, and on Nov. 9, roughly 300 of them will be listening live from downtown Bemidji.

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Garrison Keillor, with cast and crew in tow, will take his longtime radio show to the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji for a live broadcast.

“It was a last minute choice, between New York, Portland, Birmingham, and Minneapolis, and we chose Bemidji,” Keillor said in an email to the Pioneer through a spokesperson. “It’s November, time to head north. And seeing as the show is only a month away, the Chief is easier to manage than the arena would be. And it’s deer-hunting season so everybody has other plans. The Chief will sound great on the radio.”

The last time Keillor made a stop in Bemidji, the performance was given in Bemidji State’s John Glas Fieldhouse with an estimated 3,000 fans in the audience.

“They try to do a show in greater Minnesota at least once a year,” said Kristi Booth, regional network director of Minnesota Public Radio. “They were excited about the Chief Theater and think it’s a great venue for the show.”

“The news from Lake Wobegon” can be heard 5 p.m. Saturdays on Minnesota Public Radio 91.3 FM and 88.5 FM and is also repeated at 11 a.m. Sundays on 91.3 FM.

The Bemidji live broadcast will start at 4:45 p.m.

Before heading up north, Keillor and crew will perform on Nov. 2 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Tickets cost $40 and go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday. Tickets will be available for online purchase only at www.thechieftheater.com

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