The following people have been recipients of the North Dakota Rough Rider Award, which recognizes present and former North Dakotans who have been influenced by the state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.

1961

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Lawrence Welk, entertainer

Dorothy Stickney, actress

1962

Ivan Dmitri, artist

1964

Roger Maris, athlete

Eric Sevareid, journalist

1965

Gen. Harold K. Johnson, military service

1966

Dr. Anne H. Carlsen, educator

1968

Edward K. Thompson, journalist

1970

Dr. Robert Henry Bahmer, archiving

1972

Louis L'Amour, author

Bertin C. Gamble, entrepreneur

1973

Casper Oimoen, athlete

1975

Peggy Lee, entertainer

Harold Schafer, entrepreneur

1976

Era Bell Thompson, journalist

Dr. Leon Orris Jacobson, physician

1979

Elizabeth Bodine, humanitarian

1981

Phyllis Frelich, actress

Cliff "Fido" Purpur, athlete

1982

Gen. David C. Jones, military service

1987

Ronald N. Davies, judge

1992

Phil Jackson, athlete

Larry Woiwode, author

Angie Dickinson, actress

1994

Rev. Richard C. Halverson, minister

1995

Brynhild Haugland, legislator

1996

Admiral William A. Owens, military service

1997

Carl Ben Eielson, pioneer aviator

1998

Warren Christopher, public service

1999

Bobby Vee, entertainer

2002

Chester "Chet" Reiten, entrepreneur

Thomas J. Clifford, entrepreneur

2004

Sister Thomas Welder, educator

Harry J. Pearce, business leader

2006

William C. Marcil, business leader

2008

Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble, military service

2009

Doug Burgum, entrepreneur and philanthropist

2011

Ron D. Offutt, business leader and philanthropist