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Associated Press, Published December 05 2012

ND lawmakers take moment of silence for soldiers

BISMARCK — North Dakota legislators have taken a few moments to honor two National Guard soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan and a third who was wounded.

The Legislature is meeting at the state Capitol in Bismarck this week to get organized for the 2013 session that starts in January. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday presented his budget recommendations to the lawmakers. At the start of his speech he asked for a moment of silence for Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, of Devils Lake, Spc. Tyler Orgaard, of Bismarck, and Spc. Ian Placek, of Bismarck.

Linde and Orgaard died Monday when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle, and Placek was wounded.

Linde's and Orgaard's remains were being flown back to the United States on Wednesday. Funeral arrangements were pending.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.