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Forum News Service, Published March 04 2014

Mayville woman’s obsession with the Oscars paid off this year

Leah Braaten Larson’s obsession with the Oscars finally paid off this year.

The Mayville, N.D., resident had a front-row seat to the Academy Award’s Red Carpet event Sunday after winning People Magazine’s annual “Experience on the Red Carpet” contest.

Larson and fellow Academy Awards aficionado Laree Schell Balvitsch, Fargo, were treated to Red Carpet Fan Experience bleacher seats right in front of the ABC-TV stage and co-hosts Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan.

“We’ve actually been trying to get bleacher seats for the Oscars for years,” she said. “It’s a lottery.”