MINOT, N.D. -- Wilderness instructor Sam Larson, the just announced half-million dollar winner of the The History Channel's newest "Alone" series, has Minot ties.

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During Thursday night's finale show Larson was announced as the winner, lasting longer in frigid and remote Mongolia than nine other contestants in the show.

Although he and his wife, Sydney, and their children live in Lincoln, Neb., Sam Larson has ties to Minot.

His dad, Mitch Larson, was born in Minot. Mitch Larson's parents, the late Mardi and Rich Larson both were from Minot and later lived in Gehring, Neb. Other relatives live in Minot and area.

Sam Larson and the other nine participants in the fifth season of "Alone" were challenged to survive as long as they could in isolation in Mongolia, a country in Asia located between China and Russia. The last one standing would win $500,000.

According to the "Alone" website, Larson, 25, also is an author and outdoor educator. As an educator, he teaches wilderness living classes on everything from animal processing to canoeing.