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Bemidji becomes ‘Lake Wobegon’ for a day

BEMIDJI — Bemidji is joining communities across Minnesota in becoming Lake Wobegon for the day in honor of the 40th anniversary of the radio show that brought the town to life. As “A Prairie Home Companion” celebrates 40 years with weekend festivities in St. Paul at Macalester College, cities and towns across the state are becoming honorary “Lake Wobegons” for the weekend.

“As Minnesotans, we all feel like we know Lake Wobegon; it’s where we grew up, where we vacation or where we now live. We can see ourselves in the stories Garrison has told over the years,” Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht said in a release. “Since Garrison Keillor has broadcast the show from Bemidji several times, this is a fun way for us to recognize the impact that “A Prairie Home Companion” has had not only on our town and state, but nationally and internationally.”

Albrecht will read a proclamation naming Bemidji as an honorary Lake Wobegon at noon today at the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the waterfront. Bemidji will be featured on “A Prairie Home Companion’s” website along with other participating cities. The city’s website will display the Lake Wobegon logo for the weekend and Sunday has been declared Lake Wobegon Day in Bemidji and Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Sunday also as “A Prairie Home Companion Day” in the state.