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Published August 21, 2010, 02:36 PM

'North Dakota Boys' video becomes an instant hit

(WDAY TV) - While driving in your car, you may have heard Katy Perry's song, "California Gurls" on the radio, but some 'North Dakota Boys' are really soaking up fame of their own. Reporter Amber Schatz shows us why their video is a hit.

By: Amber Schatz, WDAY

"I know a place, where the fields are really golden." The lyrics are catchy and to many viewers, really funny. The lead singer in the video is 18-year-old Ammon Miller. He was born in Fargo, lived in Casselton and Bismarck and is about to start college in Utah as a film major.

"I will miss the landscape as much as I make fun of it."

He and some high school friends have posted home-made videos online before, but nothing as "legendary" as this.

"It was probably the second day it was out, I looked online and yeah we have like 54-thousand views, I was just speechless."

"Yeah it's just crazy; I didn't know it was going to blow up like that."

"It's crazy it really spread on Facebook that is what really got it going."

Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple: "Just got a look at it this morning, it was really hilarious; I don't know how you could look at it and not laugh."

The boys are all North Dakota born and raised and say despite the parody, they're proud of where they're from.

"We love North Dakota. We poke a little fun, but yeah, we love the state. It's a great place to live."

In less than a week, the video has more than 200,000 hits on youtube. That is nearly 1/3 of the state's population.

"A lot of people enjoy the Hoeven my broe-ven, I'm pretty proud of that."

Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple: "What do you think the Governor would think of Hoeven my Bro-ven, well I think you need to be able to laugh at yourself a little bit.”

"I will be a North Dakota boy for life."

"It made me the person I am and I'm proud to say I'm from North Dakota."

The video will be on the North Dakota Tourism Department website.