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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Celebrates 40 Years

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Prairie Home Companion and the tales of Lake Wobegon are celebrating 40 years.

Saturday night, to commemorate the anniversary, A Prairie Home Companion returned to the site of its very first broadcast.

The radio show with Garrison Keillor was back at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

The shows are usually at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Senator Amy Klobuchar was there to present Minnesota’s most famous radio host with a resolution that passed the Senate.

But that was a bit of an ordeal.

“It’s a resolution about “A Prairie Home Companion.” We resolve to congratulate you for 40 great years. In the course of this we found out that we couldn’t use the name of a live person. So you are referred to only as the creator and host,” Senator Klobuchar said. “It is a point of law meaning Ted Druz did not object to it.”

A Prairie Home Companion is heard across the country, with a weekly audience that tops four million listeners.

Governor Dayton also declared Sunday to be “A Prairie Home Companion Day” in Minnesota.

More than 30 cities, including St. Paul, will call themselves “Lake Wobegon” to celebrate.

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