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‘How to Talk Minnesotan' opens

The musical comedy “How to Talk Minnesotan” begins Wednesday, July 15 at Long Lake Theater, located in Hubbard. Performances run through Aug. 15, featuring, from left, Mark Bridge, Joe Finn-Bolling, Sarah Schultz, Carol Winters, Stephanie Johnson and Ray Niedzielski.

 Garrison Keillor may have put Minnesota on the map, but Howard Mohr has given the state a vernacular and a voice.   Mohr is the author of “How to Talk Minnesotan,” the 1987 self-help manual that came into national view when it was included in hundreds of press kits for the movie “Fargo.”  Fer sure, you remember “Fargo,” then. Pretty good movie by Ethan and Joel Coen, a couple of Minnesota boys from St. Louis Park, down near the Cities.    

HTTM has become Minnesota’s longest running and most successful homegrown musical comedy.   Ohfur clever!  So don’t stick out like a sore thumb when you visit Minnesota!  Join the fun at The Lost Walleye Lodge up north at the lake, where the Humde family and friends teach you the fine art of talkin’ Minnesotan.  Learn the positive power of the negative, how to accept food on the third offer, and the basic lessons: “You bet,” “Whatever,” and “That’s different.”  Following the opening day matinee Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m., there is a get-together at The Jewel of the Northwoods Bed & Breakfast where you can come and chat with the cast and crew after. It’s a heck of a deal!   Otherwise you can see the show every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., through Saturday, Aug. 15  at Long Lake Theater in “don’t blink or you’ll miss it” Hubbard.   

Adult tickets are $18, 12 and under $9 and $16 for groups of 15 or more.  Cash or checks only, thank you.   Reserve online at or call 732-0099 or buy your tickets at Beagle Books in beautiful downtown Park Rapids.   The music and the characters are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. So if you are from Minnesota (or any of the surrounding five states), know someone who is from Minnesota, or have flown over Minnesota, make your reservations now because tickets are going fast!   You betcha!  The cast list includes Mark Bridge as Miller/ Muskie Three, Sarah Schultz as Donna/Muskie Three, Carol Winters as Lucy Humde, Ray Niedzielski as Ed Humde, Stephanie Johnson as Darlene Humde and Joe Finn-Bolling as Russ Renner.  Production team members are director Juliann Kjenaas, musical director Brian Hobsen, costume/ props designer Cheryl Atkins, set construction Bruce Bolton, lighting designer Karen Welte, stage manager Myah Schultz and lights/props Anne Seifert.