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Courtesy Photo by Tom Linn The North Dakota Historical Society has agreed to buy the boyhood home of bandleader Lawrence Welk. The home is near Strasburg.

Welk home deal could close in May: Repairs planned for later this month

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BISMARCK – The State Historical Society’s purchase of famed bandleader Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home could be completed by the end of May, Director Merl Paaverud said Friday.


Members of the Historical Board voted 6-5 in January to buy the homestead from Welk’s two nieces, Evelyn and Edna Schwab, contingent on certain repairs being made beforehand.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.