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Andrew Volstead served as a congressman from 1903 to 1923, when he was soundly defeated after gaining notoriety for his role as author of the Volstead Act which made Prohibition the law of the land. His interests actually lay more with such issues as legislation that made possible cooperatives. (Submitted photo)

Public television documentary may help correct blemished legacy of Andrew Volstead

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GRANITE FALLS -- For George Boman, there is no question about how Andrew Volstead should be remembered.

"They were nice people,'' said Boman of Volstead and his wife, Nellie, and daughter Laura. Boman grew up on a farm owned by Volstead, and got to know him well enough to be called to serve as his pall bearer.


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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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