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Tom Van Winkle, left, of Honolulu, Hawaii, shows off a catch with guide Tony Mariotti Saturday on Lake Bemidji. Van Winkle and his wife, Pat, were among 75 people who went ice fishing as part of a travel package centered around the "Prairie Home Companion" show. Pioneer Photo/Laurie Swenson

'A Prairie Home Companion': Tourists discover Keillor, ice fishing

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Saturday was a perfect day for "A Prairie Home Companion" to do its radio show in Bemidji, especially for the 75 fans who chose to travel here, not only for the show, but also to experience ice fishing.


With temperatures in the high 30s, the tourists, many from warm climates, wore light jackets, even sweaters, just days after Bemidji had below-zero temperatures.

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