Bill Would Create (Temporary) Real 'Lake Wobegon County'
March 24, 2009 at 8:02 AM (PT)
MINNESOTA may get a real LAKE WOBEGON COUNTY, at least temporarily, if legislation being proposed TODAY to form a new county is passed. The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports that several state legislators are proposing a merger of STEARNS and BENTON COUNTIES and part of SHERBURNE COUNTY into a single new county, with the bill carrying the name of LAKE WOBEGON, made famous as the fictional town on GARRISON KEILLOR's public radio show "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION" and in his writing.
The name would be subject to change by residents in a vote for a permanent name. The county merger is being prompted by the fact that the city of ST. CLOUD is split among the three counties.