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Luverne to become ‘Lake Wobegon’ July 4-6

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LUVERNE — Luverne is joining communities across Minnesota on July 4- 6 in becoming Lake Wobegon for one weekend in honor of the 40th anniversary of the show that brought the town to life. As “A Prairie Home Companion” celebrates 40 years with weekend festivities at Macalester College in St. Paul, cities and towns across the state are becoming honorary “Lake Wobegons” for the weekend.

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“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 Keillor has told over the years,” said Jane Wildung Lanphere, executive director of the Luverne Area Chamber. “This is a fun way for us to recognize the impact that ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ has had, not only on our state, but nationally and internationally.”

As an honorary Lake Wobgeon, Luverne will be featured on A Prairie Home Companion’s website, http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/tickets/2014/40th/, along with other participating cities.

Luverne Mayor Patrick Baustian declared July 4-6 as Lake Wobegon Weekend in Luverne during the June 24 Luverne City Council meeting. Additionally, Gov. Mark Dayton declared July 6 as “A Prairie Home Companion Day” in Minnesota.

“A Prairie Home Companion” is heard on more than 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4 million listeners. Keillor has been the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion since the program started production in 1974. He is also the author of more than two dozen books, including “Lake Wobegon Days”; “Love Me”; “O, What a Luxury,” and “The Keillor Reader.”

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