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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2002, file photo Edna Schwab walks toward the front door of the Lawrence Welk farm house in Strasburg, N.D., where Welk taught himself to play accordion. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press., more than $580,000 is needed in repairs to the boyhood home of Lawrence Welk in the south-central North Dakota town of Strasburg. On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, Evelyn Schwab, Welk's niece who owns the famous bandleader and TV host's birthplace along with her sister, Edna, said ...

N.D. Historical Society votes 6-5 to buy Lawrence Welk's homestead as tourist site

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BISMARCK - Ah-one, an-ah-two, and ... the third time was the charm for supporters of turning Lawrence Welk's boyhood home into a state-run tourist attraction.

The state Historical Board voted 6-5 Friday to spend $100,000 to buy the Welk homestead, putting the onus on state lawmakers to fund the site's day-to-day operation.

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