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Harold Newman of Newman Outdoor Advertising hands North Dakota State University Athletic Director Bob Entzion an oversized, display check for $1.5 million in this file photo of a Jan. 6, 1998, news conference in Fargo. FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Billboard magnate Harold Newman dies

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By Archie Ingersoll and Wendy Reuer

Sign magnate Harold Newman, who painted signs in a garage before turning his venture into a multimillion-dollar company, died Thursday at his Jamestown home. He was 80 years old.

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“We’re very sad, and surprised,” said his daughter, Kari Newman Ness. “We expected to have him with us for many more years. He’s the leader in our family … it’s a big loss for us.”

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