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Woebegone Trivia


Here’s a bit of trivia for fans of Gary Edward Keillor – otherwise known as Garrison – of Lake Woebegone. Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, which was, at that time, a small town outside Minneapolis. He was the third of six children.

In 2001, Keillor told the Washington Post, “My father worked the railroad mail service and rode the train out of Union Depot (in St. Paul) to Jamestown, (North) Dakota. I took him to work sometimes. It was very exciting to pull up behind the depot and walk your father to the train. He’d carry his grip and a khaki bag on his shoulder. It was like escorting a U.S. marshal. It seemed quite an exciting life, going out on the fast train, sorting mail as you went.”

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm