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ND Mulls Purchase Of Lawrence Welk's Boyhood Home

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The state Historical Society is mulling the purchase of Lawrence Welk's boyhood home in Strasburg, in south central North Dakota.

Historical Society Director Merl Paaverud says the agency's board is meeting Friday in Strasburg to decide whether to buy the bandleader's birthplace.

The site also would be used to tout the importance of agriculture and the region's German-Russian heritage.

The Legislature this year included $100,000 in the Historical Society's budget for the purchase.

The idea comes two decades after Congress earmarked $500,000 in federal funds 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.