Season 3 of ‘Fargo’ appears headed to St. Cloud … sorta

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MINNEAPOLIS — In its first two seasons, the television show "Fargo" brought its Midwestern crime tales to Bemidji, Duluth and Luverne, Minn. It also hopscotched over to the Dakotas — North and South — racking up body counts in Fargo and Sioux Falls.

Now, season three is likely heading to St. Cloud.

"I think we're going to be in St. Cloud this year," Noah Hawley, the show's creator, told the Aw Jeez podcast. "And we're going to do a little Eden Valley — for reasons that will become apparent later on."

Earlier, Hawley said the new season would be set in 2010. It was announced last month that Ewan McGregor would star, playing a pair of brothers.

"It always starts for some reason with a catalytic moment," Hawley said of the show.

"The first year was two guys in an emergency room ... The second year was a woman drives home with a guy sticking out of her windshield and makes dinner for her husband ... The third year revolves around two brothers: The older one is very successful — the parking lot king of Minnesota — and the younger one is less successful as a parole officer."

"There's sort of an original sin between them that blows up at the start of the story and sends things on their way," Hawley said. "This season will revolve around the two Ewans, but it will very quickly escalate to a lot of other things."

Hawley said that the Minnesota he presents in the show isn't meant to be the real Minnesota.

"The job that I've been given is not to recreate Minnesota as it exists, but to recreate it as it existed in the movie ("Fargo"), which I saw as respectful portrait with a certain comic aspect to it."

Despite its St. Cloud setting, the third season will be shot up north in Calgary, Canada.

Shooting will likely begin in November, and the show will premiere next April.

"I wish we could shoot here. That would make me happy," Hawley said. "But it's America, so we have to make our television in Canada."