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Published July 09, 2013, 12:00 AM

Myra Collette holds a portrait of Welk

Myra Collette, the niece of American entertainment icon Lawrence Welk, holds a portrait of Welk that she keeps on her refridgerator. Collette recalled meeting him for the first time just a young girl and what a positive influence he was. The State Historical Society is debating the purchase of Welk's childhood home in Strasberg, not only as a dedication to Welk's legacy, but to serve as a historical preservation of the agricultural area surrounding and culture of Germans from Russia in that region. photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
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