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Late ND businessman to receive state's top honor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A businessman and community leader who founded what is now the Greater North Dakota Chamber is the 40th recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest honor.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Wednesday that the award will be presented to the family of Herman Stern, who died in 1980.

Stern came to North Dakota from Germany when he was 16 years old to work at Strauss Clothing in Casselton, which was established by his cousin, Morris Strauss. Stern would become manager of the Strauss store in Valley City, where he remained 70 years.

In 1924, Stern founded the Greater North Dakota Association, now known as the GNDC, and served as the organization's first president. He also was pivotal in starting the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.