Hoeven, Kalk also condemn Norway terrorist attacks

John Hoeven

FARGO – Two Republicans from North Dakota also expressed their condolences Friday evening to the people of Norway, following the terrorist attacks there.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said a third of North Dakotans claim Norwegian heritage, with many having family members still living in Norway.

“Such senseless acts of violence against innocent people violate every standard of human decency,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all Norwegians today, and especially those who have been directly affected by these tragic acts of terrorism.”

“Norwegians have a long-standing reputation for working to protect human rights and establish global peace, and this will not hinder our nations’ shared efforts to fight terrorism and promote justice,” said Hoeven, who – like Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad – is a member of the Senate’s Norway Caucus.

Brian Kalk

Meanwhile, Public Service Commissioner and U.S. House candidate Brian Kalk said he was “saddened and outraged” by Friday’s bombing in Oslo and the shooting rampage at a nearby youth camp.

“The bombing and the cowardly attack on the youth camp in Norway are a vivid reminder that we live in a hostile and dangerous world,” said Kalk, a retired Marine. “There can be no justification for such a murderous and craven assault on innocent children and citizens.  We must remain ever vigilant and alert.”

“The people of Norway will respond to this tragedy with courage and resolve.  Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the people of Norway,” Kalk added.

Conrad expressed his support for Norway earlier Friday. Rep. Rick Berg had not released a statement about the attacks, as of this morning.