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FNS Photo by Jenna Watson Myra Collette, the niece of American entertainment icon Lawrence Welk, holds a portrait of Welk that she keeps on her refridgerator. Collette recalled meeting him for the first time just a young girl and what a positive influence he was. The State Historical Society is debating the purchase of Welk's childhood home in Strasburg, not only as a dedication to Welk's legacy, but to serve as a historical preservation of the agricultural area surrounding and culture of Germans from ...

A 'wunnerful' uncle, 'wunnerful' home: Lawrence Welk's niece recalls happy days at the family home in Strasburg

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STRASBURG -- Fern Welk was a nurse and a nutritionist and a ferocious protector of her husband's diet, but when he came home to Strasburg, Lawrence delighted in breaking the rules and sitting down to a plate of dumplings or noodles with real farmer's cream.

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