Jannet Walsh

Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone

In Family, Minnesota Native Daughter, Murdock on September 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

A view of the Celtic crosses at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Murdock, Minnesota. Photo by Jannet Walsh via iPhone

Today I connected with Garrison Keillor with my iPhone from Murdock at the Minnesota State Fair.
(Click here to listen to the audio. I am near the end of the recording.)

I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago.  The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota.  If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.

After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question.    Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.

Here is what I asked:  “How should I prepare for my “re-immigration” back to my home state of Minnesota?”

Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.

I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway.  I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

Now I feel I be able  “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more!  Contact her at jannetwalsh@gmail.com.  View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.

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  1. I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

    Now I feel I be able “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

    Jannet this quote had my laughing on the floor, for you savvy texters “rofl”
    Miss you already!!!!

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