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Andra Suchy and Garrison Keillor sing "Side by Side" on Saturday during the 35th anniversary broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in Avon, Minn. Keillor's public radio variety show debuted July 6, 1974, with about a dozen people in the audience. (AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Kimm Anderson)

Keillor celebrates 35 years

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Lake Wobegon welcomed Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" with open, if sunburned, arms Saturday as the live radio show, on its 35th anniversary, came back for the first time to where it was conceived.

Keillor, more casual than usual during his weekly show, wearing jeans, a red tie and a linen jacket, thanked Avon's 1,200 people for opening up their city on short notice to handle his slick production on Independence Day.

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