North Dakota's most prestigious honor will be given to author Louise Erdrich later this month when Gov. Jack Dalrymple presents her with the 39th Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.
Erdrich was born in Minnesota but grew up in Wahpeton and much of her writing is set in North Dakota. She now lives in Minneapolis.
She will receive the award at a ceremony in Wahpeton on April 19 and a portrait of her will eventually hang in the state Capitol with other award recipients.
The award has gone to writers, celebrities, athletes and others, including Roger Maris, Louis L'Amour, Larry Woiwode, Angie Dickinson, and Eric Sevaraid.
Erdrich's most recent novel, "The Round House," won the National Book Award in November.
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