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Published April 05, 2010, 09:39 AM

Dorgan, Conrad visit Kosovo

North Dakota Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad spent Easter Sunday in Kosovo, meeting with members of the North Dakota National Guard at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad spent Easter Sunday in Kosovo, meeting with members of the North Dakota National Guard at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

Dorgan and Conrad visited with members of North Dakota’s National Guard who are serving as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo. During their visit to Kosovo, the senators received briefings from North Dakota Guard Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrman, who is the commander of Multi-National Battle Group East in Kosovo and a UND law school graduate.

There have been about 650 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers serving in Kosovo since October 2009, according to the congressional delegation.

Also, during a brief ceremony after Easter brunch, Conrad and Dorgan North Dakota guardsman Sgt. Samuel Hemphill for his actions that saved the life of a Kosovo citizen. They presented Hemphill with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

“I am proud of all of our U.S. soldiers who are serving in Kosovo and around the world. It was a special honor to spend Easter Sunday with the soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard at Camp Bondsteel,” Dorgan said in a release. “We told them how much our country and state values their service and we are keeping them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate Easter with the brave men and women of the North Dakota National Guard as they fulfill their mission here in Kosovo,” Conrad said in a release. “While they cannot be home with their families this year, I am proud to have the opportunity to personally deliver this message: We appreciate their brave service, we pray for their continued safety and we hope they return to their families soon.”

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