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A Prairie Home Companion is coming to Bemidji

A lot of Minnesotans will tell you: When it's February in the North Star State, head north (and a little west)! That's just what Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion plan to do.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the show will leave its St. Paul home base and set up at the John Glas Fieldhouse at Bemidji State University. Tickets for this show will go on sale at noon today, Dec. 14.

Actor Sue Scott; Tim Russell, the man of many voices; and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. There will be special guests Private Eye Guy Noir and Cowboys Dusty and Lefty and everyone will catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the United States with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

Keillor is the recipient of Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, and he has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, 77 Love Sonnets, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and A Christmas Blizzard.

The show will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Tickets are $40, $35 and $25 and go on sale at noon today. Tickets can be ordered online through at 800-982-2787, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

MPR members can call the Minnesota Public Radio Box Office: 651-.290-1200.

For details, visit or call David O'Neill at 651-999-1095.