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Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says Americans have a lot to discuss after last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. And he wants to listen.

This week Pomeroy is hosting a series of "community conversations" to talk about the terrorist attacks.

Fargo, ND – This year is the 58th anniversary of National Farm Safety Week and the Farm Safety Just 4 Kids Program is encouraging all Americans to put special emphasis on farm safety.

This year's theme is "Kids are Number One in 2001."

The mission of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is to promote a safe farm environmentto prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to children and youth.

Fargo, ND – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven is thanking North Dakotans for their many expressions of generosity and concern in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. He says New York Governor George Pataki is requesting that people who want to help donate to the newly established New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund.

Fargo, ND – Justice, not vengeance.

North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says that's how he and a lot of North Dakotans he's talked to in the past week say is the answer to how the United States should react to last week's terrorist attack.

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Aeronautics Commission director Gary Ness says the new airport security procedures now in place remind him of what happened ten years ago.

"1991, Dessert Storm, we went to Level Four which changed the complexion, it was several months before the released it out. So those that remember '91, ten years ago, will remember the level of security and some of the inconveniences that come along with it."

Fargo, ND – Rebecca Coffey ? author of Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy ? says in times like these ? everyone needs to take care of the people they love. She makes several suggestions to parents on how to talk to children about trauma and difficult events.

1. Talk to your children using language that is easy to understand.

2. Assure your children that they are safe.

a. Be honest with your feelings.

b. Don't rush children through their feelings.

Bismarck, ND – Hundreds of people came to the North Dakota State Capitol's Memorial Hall this afternoon for a short noontime prayer service.

High school choirs and bands from Bismarck provided the music -- and two National Guard chaplains provided scripture readings and prayer.

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven organized the prayer service:

"There's no question that there's hurting going on in our land now. We're strong and we are resolute and we will overcome."

Fargo, ND – Salvation Army Corps Community Centers around North Dakota are on stand-by -- ready and waiting to hear from those at Salavation Army officials in Washington D-C and New York City.

Major Joe Tamayo--Pastor and member of the Salvation Army in Fargo--says no one is sure when and if they will be called.

"We're on stand by and we're not sure when people will be called or if we will be called. But we're being prepared and ready should that call come."

Fargo, ND – Rebecca Coffey ? author of Unspeakable truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy ? says in times like these ? everyone needs to take care of the people they love. She makes several suggestions to parents on how to talk to children about trauma and difficult events.

1. Talk to your children using language that is easy to understand.

Bismarck, ND – About 100 Native Americans and others gathered last night for a special memorial service at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

The service combined traditional Indian ceremonies and prayers -- remembering those who've died in Tuesday's terrorist attacks and those who need healing. Carol Walker -- a United Tribes faculty member -- was among those attending the ceremony. She says there were prayers at many levels:

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