Remembering 9/11: Four victims with North Dakota ties

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Eighteen years ago, four planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11, 2001 the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil claimed the lives of 2,977 people. Of those, four victims have ties to the state of North Dakota.

Alfred Gilles Padre Joseph Marchand was Born in Fargo on November 13, 1956. Marchand had just retired from his 21-year career as a police officer in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he served as Lieutenant. Alfred was part of the crew on Flight 175, which was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center.

Robert Rassmusse was born in Fargo on November, 1958. Rassmussen received a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering from North Dakota State University in 1982. He married his wife, Anna Worner, of Fargo in 1986. Robert worked at the World Trade Center for Thomson Financial.

James Douglas Halvorson was born in Devils Lake on January 10, 1945. Halvorson graduated from Devils Lake High School and went on to attend North Dakota State University, later graduating from the University of Montana. James worked for Marsh’s Global Infrastructure Group, specializing in risk transfer and credit enhancement products for project financed construction.

Ann Nicole Nelson was born on May 17, 1971 in Ashland, WI . Nelson went to Stanley Public High School and went on to attend Minot State University. She was working as a bond broker at the World Trade Center. Minot State renamed its performance venue ‘Ann Nicole Nelson Hall’ in February of 2003. The Bottineau Winter Park named its adaptive recreation program ‘Annie’s House’ in honor of Nelson. The program helps disabled veterans and others with physical or intellectual disabilities enjoy the outdoors.

A North Dakota 9/11 memorial was built in 2010 at the International Peace Garden in Dunseith. Rotary International, the North American Firefighters Union and Manitoba Infrastructure donated the memorial that includes iron remnants from the collapsed towers at the World trade Center.