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Author Erdrich wins Rough Rider honor

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Award-winning author and Wahpeton native Louise Erdrich was named the 39th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest commendation.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple will present Erdrich with the award April 19.

Erdrich is the author of 14 novels, as well as volumes of poetry, children's books and a memoir of early motherhood. Her 1984 novel "Love Medicine" won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

"The Last Report on Miracles at Little No Horse" was a finalist for the National Book Award.

"The Plague of Doves," published in 2008, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

On November 15, 2012, she won the National Book Award for her latest novel, "The Round House."

Karen Louise Erdrich was born in Little Falls, Minn., in 1954, and grew up in Wahpeton, where her parents worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She graduated from Dartmouth College and received a master of fine arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.