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FNS Graphics Some of the most famous North Dakotans, regardless of whether or not they were born in the state, are (clockwise from top left) band leader Lawrence Welk, President Theodore Roosevelt, basketball coach Phil Jackson and home run king Roger Maris.

Burgess: Who’s the most famous North Dakotan?

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FARGO — For a state that claims to be “legendary,” you’d think there would be more famous people.

Spurred by a recent debate about the historical merits of Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home, a reporter set out last week to ask a lot of people a simple question: Who is the most famous North Dakotan?

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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