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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)

Wish list for Welk homestead tops $2.3 million

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Historical Society’s wish list for dressing up the birthplace of beloved bandleader Lawrence Welk into a top-rung tourist attraction contains more than $2.3 million in estimated expenses, led by a $1 million interpretive center.

But few people, including Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud, expect the state Legislature to shell out that much to revamp the 6-acre homestead near Strasburg — at least not right away.

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