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Associated Press, Published October 11 2013

State delays decision on buying Welk boyhood home

BISMARCK — North Dakota's State Historical Society has delayed a decision on whether to buy the boyhood home of the famous bandleader Lawrence Welk.

The society's board wants more time to seek legal advice on how it can buy the six-acre property in Strasburg, and to gauge the willingness of state lawmakers to fund operating costs in coming years.

The Legislature earlier this year included $100,000 in the Historical Society budget to buy the property, but lawmakers stipulated that repairs must be made before the purchase.

State Sen. Robert Erbele says area residents are willing to invest hundreds of hours in making repairs and in keeping the site operating until the 2015 Legislature meets.

The site is owned by Welk's nieces, Evelyn and Edna Schwab. Evelyn says the delay is a letdown.