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Mayville woman wins seat by red carpet at Academy Awards

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Leah Braaten Larson’s obsession with the Oscars finally paid off this year.

The Mayville, N.D., woman had a front-row seat to the Academy Award’s red carpet event Sunday in Hollywood after winning a magazine contest.


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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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