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Erdrich to accept Rough Rider on behalf of her community, Roosevelt’s progressive spirit

Published 04/18/2013, Forum News Service

In many of her novels, Louise Erdrich writes about fictitious families on or near an unnamed and imagined reservation somewhere in eastern North Dakota. In real life, Erdrich’s own story is rooted firmly in Wahpeton, N.D., where her parents, Ralph and Rita, still live. So when Erdrich receives North Dakota’s highest honor Friday night, it’s only fitting that it be presented in her hometown with her family on hand.

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