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Harold Newman painted the sign on the side of this truck in 1956 as seen June 24, 1996. The truck was on display at the company's 40th anniversary open house that year in Jamestown, N.D. Forum file photo

Billboard sign magnate Harold Newman dies

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Sign magnate Harold Newman, who painted signs in a garage before turning his venture into a multimillion-dollar company, died Thursday at his Jamestown home. He was 80 years old.

“We’re very sad, and surprised,” said his daughter, Kari Newman Ness. “We expected to have him with us for many more years. He’s the leader in our family … it’s a big loss for us.”

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