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First lady saves 'best for last'

North Dakota was the only state first lady Laura Bush had not visited until she arrived at Sims Skandinanvian Lutheran Church, Almont, in October.

She was welcomed by a sign that said: “Your 50th state, the best for last.”

She visited an elementary school to promote an art program and the 124-year-old church, believed to be the oldest Lutheran church west of the Missouri River.

Save America’s Treasures program, chaired by the first lady, funded the church’s restoration project.


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