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The North Dakota Historical Society has agreed to buy the boyhood home of bandleader Lawrence Welk. The home is near Strasburg, N.D. (Photo courtesy / Tom Linn)

Other Views: It’s about more than old house

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Critics of the North Dakota Historical Society’s decision to purchase the Lawrence Welk homestead near Strasburg in Emmons County miss the point. It’s not merely about preserving a few run-down buildings. It’s about honoring a time and people in North Dakota history who are foundational to the state’s heritage. It’s about investing a relatively small amount of money to showcase a way of life that evolved from simple Old World values into today’s thriving farm and ranch communities.

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