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Future of Lawrence Welk Homestead


 The Lawrence Welk Homestead will live on.

It was a full house, at this morning's meeting as the State Historical board voted 6-5 in favor of moving forward with purchasing the legendary band leader's birthplace. 
The price tag on the site is 100-thousand dollars. 
A price some say is small to pay, when you consider all the history it holds.

(Robert Eberle / State Senator) It's the story of the German Russian immigrants who are the largest ethnic group to settle North Dakota. The Lawrence Welk story just becomes the byline. Here we have a son of a pioneer who is one generation off the boat and goes to Hollywood and becomes a nationally known figure and is really the American dream. 
(Tom Isern / NDSU History Professor) "And that's the point of having historic sites after all, places where people can stand. Know how history went down there, know it not in just an intellectual way, but know it in their bones because they are surrounded by the physical things that are the surroundings of historic happenings." 
(Gary Satern / Worked at the Site) "The buildings are not that bad, they were very well done in the beginning and they have been maintained, maybe with not a lot of money but with a lot of love by the people that took care of it." 
(John Ibarra / Strasburg) "The stories of the sweat, blood and tears of the people who lived and made something out of this state and made big contributions to the world, has to be kept alive and be told. This site, not because of Lawrence Welk, but this site right now is the only venue in which you can pass that story on to the young people today, who don't know. Many people don't know. "

The Legislature last year included $100,000 in the Historical Society's two-year budget for the purchase but lawmakers stipulated that repairs must be made first. 


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