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September 14, 2012

Update: NDSU cleared of bomb threat, classes resume


Kiedrowski started calling family members on campus — his sister is a sophomore — and then classmates to make sure they were leaving. He picked up friends and headed to his house off-campus, where about seven people were waiting to get the all-clear.

Students were notified of the evacuation by email and automated phone calls. Messages also went out via social media, such as Facebook.

Freshman Caleb Helbling, of Faribault, Minn., said he was walking into an engineering class just before 10 a.m. when someone else came in and said there was a bomb threat and students needed to leave. As he was walking out, he received an automated call to his cell phone about the evacuation. He went to a Pizza Hut kitty-corner from campus to pass time and have lunch.

Later, Helbling said he thought university officials handled the situation "pretty well."

"It seems like they got people out fast enough and everything," he said.

Thomas Brown, of Sartell, Minn., president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, said students weren't told where to go but just to "walk to locations off campus." Since his fraternity house is off-campus, he and other members went there.

Brown said he was scared by the thought that there might be a connection between the NDSU and Texas threats.

"It's crazy to think that it is happening on opposite ends of the country," he said. "North Dakota is a very safe state. There are a lot of nice people. To have something happen along these lines is a little sad."

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