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Bismarck, ND – A group of North Dakotans planning to lobby on the farm bill in Washington, D.C. became part of the horrendous events this morning (Tuesday).Dale Enerson, a farmer from Stanley, says he is part of a North Dakota Farmers Union group that intended to be lobbying on Capitol Hill today.

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven was on his way to Washington, D.C. this morning when the terrorist attack happened.

Hoeven was getting ready to board his connecting flight...when it was canceled. He wanted to return to North Dakota via the state airplane -- but the FAA said "no." So, Hoeven is driving to Fargo -- and will hold a news conference there later this afternoon.

Hoeven is asking people to stay calm...and says extra security precautions are in place...

Fargo, ND – Security has been heightened at the Quentin Burdick Federal Courthouse in Fargo in the wake of bombings in New York and Washington, D.C. this morning.

Brian Berg is a U.S. Marshal in Fargo:

Fargo, ND – Shopping malls in three Major North Dakota cities closed this morning, following the lead of other across the country.

Fargo's West Acres mall, the state's largest, closed just after 11 a.m. The Columbia Mall in Grand Forks also closed, as did Bismarck's Kirkwood Mall. In Minot, officials of Dakota Square Mall said they were leaving the decision up to individual stores. Employees there are also being allowed to go home if they want to.

Fargo, ND – Evening classes at North Dakota State University have been cancelled in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

NDSU president Joseph Chapman says the break will give students and staff to -- in his words -- a chance to "make sense of this terrible tragedy."

NDSU will also make couselors available to students later today.

Fargo, ND – An FBI spokesman says no explosives were found when bags from an airplane were searched in Grand Forks.

Special agent Jay Brunn says a man on the plane had been acting strangely before the search.

A bomb-sniffing dog at first indicated there may be explosives in a bag ? but didn't indicate that during a second check.

No explosives were found. Brunn says the passenger who was acting strangely is being questioned but he doesn't expect the man will be arrested.

Fargo, ND – North Dakota's National Guard is on higher security alert today.

Sergeant First Class Rob Keller says soldiers at the state's armories are watching for anything unusual. He says access to some buildings is restricted ? but none of the armories have been closed.

Air Force personnel at the guard's 119th Fighter wing in Fargo are also taking added security measures today.

Fargo, ND – Classes are still in session today at N-D-S-U despite the events going on inthe eastern United States.

Dave Wahlberg is the North Dakota State University Director of Public Affairs.

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    Bismarck, ND – Next week members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be in North Dakota to look at coal mines and power plants.

    The PUC members are coming at the invite of the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Tony Clark is a member of the North Dakota PSC. He says Minnesota lawmakers and regulators have struggled with environmental concerns over coal-generated electricity....

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