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Lawrence Welk’s nieces, Edna Schwab, left, and Eveyln Schwab, talk to State Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud Jr. after the State Historical Board’s 6-5 vote on Friday to buy the Welk homestead owned by the Schwab sisters. (Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service )

N.D. Historical Society votes 6-5 to buy Welk’s homestead as tourist site

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BISMARCK – Ah-one, an-ah-two, and … the third time was the charm for supporters of turning Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home into a state-run tourist attraction.

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The state Historical Board voted 6-5 Friday to spend $100,000 to buy the Welk homestead, putting the onus on state lawmakers to fund the site’s day-to-day operation.

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