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Keillor's ‘Companion’ to stay in St. Paul

Longtime public radio host rejects earlier idea of moving show
/ Source: The Associated Press

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” won’t be permanently leaving its St. Paul home after all.

The humorist said he expects to do about a dozen shows during the 2006-07 season from the Fitzgerald Theater, the longtime base of the public radio program.

The rest of the season’s shows will air from the road, including a return to the Minnesota State Fair, he said.

Keillor said last month that the show was looking for a new home.

But in the end, he said, it was an impulsive decision to stay at the Fitzgerald, based partly on people he met at coffee shops or parties.

“They said it would be terrible if the show were not in St. Paul,” Keillor told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I listen to people who tug at my sleeve.”