ND considers buying Lawrence Welk's childhood home
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -
North Dakota's State Historical Society is considering a plan to buy Lawrence Welk's boyhood home to bring in tourists and preserve the musical legacy of one of the state's most famous sons.
The Legislature this year included $100,000 in the historical society's budget to buy the six-acre parcel in tiny Strasburg.
Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud says the agency's board meets July 12. The site would also highlight the importance of agriculture and the region's German-Russian heritage.
The idea comes two decades after Congress earmarked $500,000 to develop a tourist industry in Strasburg. The money included a museum of German-Russian heritage that was intended to draw visitors to the bandleader's birthplace. Lawmakers later withdrew the money when the idea was mocked as a symbol of wasteful spending.