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Published July 22, 2011, 04:00 PM

Conrad, Hoeven Condemn Norway Attacks, Pledge ND Support

In a gesture of solidarity toward many North Dakotans’ homeland, Sen. Kent Conrad was among the U.S. officials to condemn today’s terrorist attacks in Norway.

By: Kristin M. Daum, Forum Communications

FARGO – In a gesture of solidarity toward many North Dakotans’ homeland, Sen. Kent Conrad was among the U.S. officials to condemn today’s terrorist attacks in Norway.

Initial estimates from authorities in Norway say at least 10 people were killed when bombs rocked a government building in Oslo.

Shortly after the bombing, a gunman opened fire at a summer camp on a nearby island. Investigators believe the two incidents are related.

Here in the Red River Valley, it’s no secret many residents derive their heritage from Scandinavia – which means the attacks in Norway likely hit home for some people in local communities.

“Norway and North Dakota share historic cultural links, and the friendship between the Norwegian people and the people of North Dakota is as strong today as it was when the first Norwegian immigrants settled on the prairie,” Conrad said in a statement this afternoon.

“Norway has the full support of the people of North Dakota during this difficult time,” he added. “Sadly, the families and friends of the victims are experiencing a loss that can never be replaced and have been wronged in a way that can never be made right.”

Conrad is the chairman and founder of the Senate Norway Caucus, which promotes the strong relationship between the United States and Norway.

Senator John Hoeven also condemned two acts of terrorism today in Norway, and extended his condolences to the nation’s people.

“Such senseless acts of violence against innocent people violate every standard of human decency,” Hoeven said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all Norwegians today, and especially those who have been directly affected by these tragic acts of terrorism.”

“A third of North Dakotans claim Norwegian heritage, and many of our citizens have family members still living in Norway. Norwegians have a long-standing reputation for working to protect human rights and establish global peace, and this will not hinder our nations’ shared efforts to fight terrorism and promote justice,” Hoeven said.

Hoeven is a member of the Norway Caucus, which works to preserve the strong relationship between the United States and Norway.

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