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Watch: NDSU choir sings beloved North Dakota song

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Recently, The Fargo Forum’s Bob Lind has been fielding plenty of comments from readers of his Neighbors column about a song, “(You Ought-a Go Ta) North Dakota.” The song was written back in 1958 by Lois Steel and Jack Fulton, according to Williston Herald columnist Sara Spaulding.

The column conjured up a lot of fond memories.

"I have sung that song many times through the years!" wrote Judy Belquist of New Rockford, N.D. "No matter what state I lived in, I always felt those words were true! That's why we moved HOME after 30-plus years out of the state!"

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Weber, the NDSU Concert Choir recently performed “(You Ought-a Go Ta) North Dakota," which will help preserve that memory and, perhaps, introduce the song to a new generation of North Dakotans.

Here are the lyrics, according to sheet music provided by Neighbors reader Pam Younggren:

You ought-a go-ta North Dakota

See the cattle and the wheat and the folks that can’t be beat

You say “hello” ta North Dakota

But you just can’t say goodbye.

The skies are bluer than blue

The sun is sunnier too

And if you don’t believe it then there’s only one thing to do

You ought-a go-ta North Dakota

See the cattle and the wheat and the folks that can’t be beat

You say “hello” ta North Dakota

But you just can’t say goodbye.

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