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Published April 19, 2013, 09:46 PM

Award-winning author is honored by Governor Jack Dalrymple

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Tonight an award-winning author was honored by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Tonight an award-winning author was honored by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Louise Erdrich, who grew up in Wahpeton, is known for many of her North Dakota-Based novels.

Erdrich is member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She says she's part of a very tight-knit family, in which she credits her achievements included her most recent - the Rough Rider award.

The ceremony started with her heritage.

A song to introduce who Louise Erdrich is and who's she's become.

Louise Erdrich-Author: "It's about a support and love I've felt my whole life."

With the extreme support, Erdrich has authored 14 novels. Like The Plague of Doves and Love Medicine.

Some winning her world-wide awards.

Now, North Dakota's most presteigous, the Theodore Roosevelet Roughrider award.

Erdrich: "Did I think it would happen? No, but here it is and i'm so thrilled to see so many people I've known and loved throughout my life in one room. It's so exciting."

Even a portrait in Erdrich's honor was unveiled. It will hang among North Dakota's most memorable men and women.

Governor Jack Dalrymple-North Dakota: "We also like the fact that her novels are almost entirely set in North Dakota. And they talk about people and places that feel like North Dakota places and that makes her part of our heritage."

But after a Pulitzer, and now North Dakota's roughrider honor,

What's next?

Erdrich/Author: "Big excitement. Go home. We still have one pen, one pencil, one page."

Writing another award -winning novel is, of course, next on the agenda.

Home by the way is in Minnesot, for Erdrich. Where she owns a small book shop in St. Paul.