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WDAY-TV's 'Party Line' co-host Verna Newell was one of F-M area's first TV personalities. (Forum file photo)

One of Fargo's first TV personalities dies at 89

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FARGO -- She was equally at ease chatting with Richard Nixon or Johnny Cash and the organizers of a local church crafts fair. She always had impeccably styled hair - and well-researched questions for her on-screen guests.


Verna Newell, for 22 years co-host of WDAY-TV's show "Party Line," died Sunday at 89.

Newell was an unassuming homebody who became one of the area's first television personalities, unflappable in the

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