BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ 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. Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) on Wednesday presented his budget recommendations to lawmakers. At the start of his speech he asked for a moment of silence for Sergeant 1st Class Darren Linde of Devils Lake, Specialist Tyler Orgaard of Bismarck, and Specialist 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.