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Lake Wobegon was also the setting of many of Keillor's stories and novels, one of which, Lake Wobegon Daysbrought it to an international audience. It is described as a small rural town in central Minnesota, and is peopled with fictional characters and places, many of which became familiar to listeners of the broadcast. The events and adventures of the townspeople provided Keillor with a wealth of humorous and often touching stories.

Keillor has said that people often ask him if it is a real town, and when he replied that it was not, they seemed disappointed, because "people want stories to be true". So he began to say it was in "central Minnesota, near Stearns Countyup around Holdingfordnot far from St. Rosa and Albany and Freeportnorthwest of St. Cloud ", which he says is "sort of the truth, I guess. Keillor has said the town's name comes from an old Native American word meaning "the place where we waited all day in the rain [for you].

They mask the ethnic heritage of the town, which I wanted to do, since it was half Norwegian, half German. Keillor's weekly monologue about Lake Wobegon included recurring elements: [5]. The fictional settlement Lake Wobegon resembles many small farm towns in the Upper Midwestespecially western MinnesotaNorth Dakotaand to some extent, northern IowaWisconsineastern South Dakota and northeastern Montana. These are rural, sparsely populated areas that were settled only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, largely by homesteading immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia.

JosephSt. StephenSt. Wendell and Holdingford. To balance the religious and ethnic demography of Stearns County with the rest of MinnesotaKeillor "imported" Lutheran and Scandinavian elements into the town, making it more recognizable and therefore more interesting to the rest of the state. Lake Wobegon is portrayed as the seat of Mist County, Minnesota, [8] a tiny county near Minnesota's geographic center that supposedly does not appear on maps because of the "incompetence of surveyors who mapped out the state in the 19th century".

The town's slogan is Gateway to Central Minnesota. Lake Wobegon is occasionally said to be near St. Olaf, Minnesotaanother fictional town referred to in The Golden Girls television series. There is actually a St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The town's school and amateur sports teams compete against the Uff-das of Upsalaa real town in southwest Morrison Countywhich is close to Holdingford. The town residents drink Wendy's Beer, brewed in St. Wendela real town in northeast Stearns County. The nearest good-sized town referred to in Keillor's monologues is St.

Lake Wobegon is sometimes compared favorably to a rival fictional town called Millet; a real town called Rice lies 20 miles north of St. Cloud when it is entered into its search engine. The programs distributed at live performances of A Prairie Home Companion in had a map showing Lake Wobegon about two miles north of Holdingford, northwest of St. Keillor often refers to a cafe in downtown Lake Wobegon called the "Chatterbox Cafe".

There is a real cafe and gas station in Olivia by the same name. Olivia is in north-central Renville County. It now stretches from Waite Park, Minnesota just west of St. Cloud, to Freeport, Minnesotawhere it forks; Lookin 4 some local curling fun this morning trail he northwest to Osakis, Minnesotathe other northeast to Holdingford, Minnesota and Bowlus, Minnesotaand on across the Mississippi River.

Keillor participated in the trail opening ceremonies and said that Holdingford was the most "Wobegonic" town in his mind. Runners leave from Holdingford and run to St. Joseph, Minnesota. Keillor chronicles a of bizarre incidents in the fictional town's early history, akin to the events in Black River Falls in Wisconsin Death Trip.

Keillor identifies the original founders of what became Lake Wobegon as New England Unitarian missionaries, at least one of whom came to convert the Native American Ojibwe Indians through interpretive dance. A college was founded at what was then called New Albion, but the project was abandoned after a severe winter and numerous attacks by bears. The project had only one survivor, a very practical woman who married a French Canadian fur trapper who fed her in exchange for her help with the chores. This pragmatic couple were the founders of the current settlement.

New Albion's founders decided to settle at Lake Wobegon because they had gotten lost and did not know how to get back to where they had last been. Where are we?

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Most of the population are descendants of German immigrants, who are mostly members of the Catholic parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, and descendants of Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, who attend Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church. Keillor's family were members of the Sanctified Brethren. The residents Census: are proud of the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian so called because the model left before the sculptor could get his name.

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Lake Wobegon is in competition with its fictional rival, St. Olaf, for having the most descendants of the same common ancestor. Lake Wobegon became a secret dumping ground of nuclear waste during the s. The fictional town is the home of the Whippets baseball team, tuna hotdishsnow, Norwegian bachelor farmers, ice fishingtongues frozen to cold metal objects, and lutefisk —fish treated with lye which, after being reconstituted, is reminiscent of "the afterbirth of a dog or the world's largest chunk of phlegm.

The Lake Wobegon effect, a natural human tendency to overestimate one's capabilities, was named in honor of the fictional town.

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Keillor himself has offered a contrarian opinion on the use of the term, observing that the effect does not actually apply in Lake Wobegon itself. In response to a listener query on the Prairie Home website, he pointed out that, in keeping with their Scandinavian heritage, Wobegonians prefer to downplay, rather than overestimate, their capabilities or achievements.

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