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Fargo, ND – The Minnesota Legislature has appropriated one hundred thousand dollars from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Water Recreation account for an inventory of the Red River.

The inventory will make recommendations to the legislature on the cost of improvements necessary for canoe and boating routes on the river. It also will map the lower portion of the Red from Breckenridge to Georgetown.

Bismarck, ND – Freshmen students at the University of Mary in Bismarck held a rally and prayer service to honor the soldiers who have been called up for active duty in the war against terrorism...as well as for those people who lost their lives in last week's terrorist attacks.

U-Mary Campus Ministry director Mike Kautzman says he's seen a change in attitude among students following last week's attack.

Fargo, ND – You can't condemn an entire population by the actions of some people in it.

That was the point Akram Salah was making during a discussion panel at NDSU about the recent attacks on America.

Salah is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at NDSU. He is also Muslim. he says terrorism is everywhere.

Bismarck, ND – An oil industry analyst says cutbacks in jet fuel use by America's ailing airline industry may be balanced somewhat by government purchases for military operations in the future.

John Kerekes of the American Petroleum Institute says the price of crude oil spiked worldwide just after last week's terrorist attacks. But he says prices fell then as other countries anticipated ripples from the growing economic problems in the United States.

Philadelphia, PA – Rosenbluth International has imposed across-the-board employee pay reductions as a result of a severe slump in travel due to last week's terrorists attacks.

A spokesperson for the international travel management company in Philadelphia declined to say how large the pay cuts were or what other measures the company has taken. Rosenbluth has more than 5,000 employees in 24 countries including several offices in North Dakota.

Bismarck, ND – If you drive in the North Dakota Capitol's north lot, you may see a strange car in the Governor's assigned parking spot.

Gone is the black Buick with the "1" license plate. Instead, you'll see a state fleet car -- marked by the "SF" on the license plate.

So, Governor Hoeven, what's the deal?

Bismarck, ND – Amtrak has seen a huge increase in customers in the past week.

This is Amtrak spokesperson Karina Van Veen:

Fargo, ND – It is impossible to see the devastation caused by the recent tragedies in New York and Washington without wanting to help the victims and their families. As many charities and nonprofit organizations are springing into action to collect food, water money, and other supplies to assist the victims. The generous people of North Dakota will want to do their part to help.

But keep in mind that, unfortunately, this time of need is also a time of prey for scam artists.

Bismarck, ND – The staff of the North Dakota Public Service Commission says Montana Dakota Utilities is making too much money in its electric division...and wants MDU to lower its rates by 11-percent.

The staff report says MDU has exceeded its agreed-to rate of return on electricity. MDU spokesman Dan Sharp says the utility made more money than expected - because it's been able to sell power on the spot market.

Fargo, ND – The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers with law enforcement backgrounds only to assist with safety and security concerns in New York City and Washington D.C.

Executive Director of the Minn-Kota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Kathy Schons says these volunteers will act as liaisons with the law enforcement community.

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being eulogized Wednesday morning at a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

The cathedral bells tolled as the casket containing the 41st president was carried by a military honor guard down the center aisle.

Seated together on one side of the aisle were President Trump and former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with their wives.

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