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North Dakota cowboy poet Rodney Nelson dies

Rodney Nelson dies
Rodney Nelson dies(KFYR)
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 3:22 PM CDT
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Bismarck, N.D. - A well-known North Dakota cowboy poet has died.

According to his obituary, Rodney Nelson passed away Wednesday at Bismarck’s Sanford hospital after a short battle with stage four liver cancer.

Nelson was a life-long North Dakotan; he grew up on the family ranch near Towner, attended NDSU and he and his wife, Teri, ranched near Almont. He was a rancher, brand inspector, cowboy poet and rodeo competitor.

He was a featured artist at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering many times and even appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Nelson was 71.

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