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Associated Press, Published April 16 2013

Dalrymple, Dayton order flags lowered after Boston blast

The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota have ordered flags be lowered in their states to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has directed that U.S. and North Dakota flags be flown at half-staff out of respect for victims of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Dalrymple says flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday in accordance with a directive from President Barack Obama.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation ordering all flags flown at half-staff at state and federal buildings in Minnesota from Tuesday until sunset Saturday.

In his proclamation, Dayton says a “terrible act of violence” was committed against innocent men, women and children in Boston.

Earlier Tuesday, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and all government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Boston Marathon explosion victims.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded in Monday's bombing at the marathon's finish line.

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