By: Chuck Haga, Grand Forks Herald

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said some of her first thoughts on hearing that Osama bin Laden had been killed were for Minnesota families who lost loved ones on 9/11.

“Those families have been waiting for a decade,” she said this morning during a visit to the Grand Forks Herald. “Every time they saw bin Laden on TV, mocking America, they felt he was mocking their families.”

Klobuchar said the death of bin Laden also will boost the morale of America’s fighting forces. For years, she said, troops have come home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan and heard the question, “Why haven’t you caught bin Laden?”

His death “really means something deep down to these people,” she said.