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Grand Marais is Lake Wobegon for a day

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:04pm


Happy Independence Day weekend! We hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend up here in Cook County, MN. Make sure to check out our online calendar of events to see all that our area has to offer for entertainment for the weekend. There will be 4th of July festivities in Tofte, Grand Marais and Grand Portage with fireworks at 10pm in all three locations. 

As part of a larger partnership with the state of Minnesota, Visit Cook County has opted in to be a part of the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion by declaring Grand Marais and all Visit Cook County communities “Lake Wobegon” for the day.



In honor of the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion – a show that changed the media landscape and shined a spotlight on our state – we are becoming Lake Wobegon for one weekend. #APHC40 #WeAreLakeWobegon #Visitcc

Grand Marais and Cook County are joining communities across Minnesota, 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 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,” said Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County MN. “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, Visit Cook County will be featured on A Prairie Home Companion’s website along with other participating cities and communities. Additionally, Gov. Mark Dayton declared July 6 as “A Prairie Home Companion Day” in the state of 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. 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.

Garrison 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 his recently released, The Keillor Reader.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and distributed by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by Holiday Vacations and by Ford. The July 4-6 weekend is sponsored by Macalester College. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion and all the weekend’s events can be found online at

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