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Stroke doesn't deter Keillor

September 10, 2009|Associated Press

Humorist Garrison Keillor still plans to start his new season of "A Prairie Home Companion" as scheduled on Sept. 26, despite suffering a minor stroke this week.

Keillor, 67, had the stroke and was admitted Monday to Saint Marys Hospital at Mayo Clinic, said Karl Oestreich, a spokesman for the Rochester, Minn., facility. He will remain there until Friday for tests "and upon his release will resume his schedule as previously planned," Keillor spokesman David O'Neill said.

"He is up and moving around, speaking sensibly, working at a laptop," Oestreich said.

"I am in the hands of smart and compassionate people and plan to get out on Friday and get right back to work," including the opening of a new season of his long-running public-radio series, Keillor said. "And that's the news from here."

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