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Rough Rider Award Presented To Herman Stern

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The most prestigious award in the state of North Dakota was presented the Theodore Roosevelt "Rough Rider" award was established in 1961 and recognizes former North Dakotans that have influenced the state in achieving national recognition and honoring the state.

Thursday in Fargo, Governor Dalrymple and 180 other people gathered to honor Herman Stern. Stern is the 40th recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

"throughout his career he achieved much success that made historic contributions to the state and its people," said Governor Dalrymple.

Herman Stern was a business who managed the Straus Clothing store in Valley Cite for 70 years and helped expand the stores to LaMoure, Carrington, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Devils Lake and Fargo.

Additionally Stern made many contributions to the state and he founded Greater North Dakota Chamber, North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. He later formed the Northern Light Council and helped establish Camp Wilderness in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

"if there was no Herman Stern, I wouldn't be here today. Herman Stern has done a lot for the state of north Dakota and for many of you here...for me he gave me my life," said Holocaust survivor Michel Stern.

Herman Stern helped more than 100 German Jewish refugees escape the holocaust and come to America. Each individual required a visa, a process that took weeks or months.

"they had visas, and that they had gainful employment and if they didn't have gainful employment that they made it to north Dakota so they could be put to work," said Michel Stern.

Herman Stern passed in 1980 at the age of 92 but left behind a legacy. March 13, 2014 the Governor unveiled a portrait of Stern that will permanently hang in the state capitol.

"as a last tribute to his live and lasting contribution to the great state of North Dakota" said Governor Jack Dalrymple as the portrait was revealed to the room. 

Descendant of Herman Stern were present at the ceremony and the third generation of the Stern family is running the Straus Clothing Store. They are proud of their grandfather's tireless work that will continue to inspire generations to come.

The award recipients are chosen by the governor, secretary of state and director of the state historical society.

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