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Published January 03, 2013, 05:23 PM

Heidi's mother watches closely as her daughter makes history

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- When Heidi Heitkamp was sworn in today as the first woman elected in North Dakota to serve in the U.S. Senate, friends and relatives flew to Washington DC to be a part of the historic event.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- When Heidi Heitkamp was sworn in today as the first woman elected in North Dakota to serve in the U.S. Senate, friends and relatives flew to Washington DC to be a part of the historic event.

And while Heitkamp's mother was able to be a part of the celebration on election night, she was unable to make the trip to the nation's capitol.

Still, Doreen Heitkamp witnessed all the pomp and circumstance from her nursing home in Wahpeton-Breckenridge.

"Here we go."

What mother ever dreams of this. Watching a daughter carrying the family Bible moments before a swearing ceremony that would have her making history,

Doreen Heitkamp/Heidi's mother: "Oh man, I never thought I would ever see, but I am glad I to be seeing it."

The first woman from North Dakota ever elected to the US Senate.

Proud? You bet Doreen Heitkamp is proud.

"And the country needed her."

Relatives tells us Heidi Heitkamp's family has been involved in politics for decades in fact her grandmother had a huge garden and while she could not donate a lot of money to the NPL party, every fall she would host a big fundraiser and cook up all the goodies.

"She came from good genes on both sides."

Other relatives came to the St. Francis Healthcare Campus to watch with Heidi's mother. They too didn't want to miss this family event witnessed around the world.

Memory Mauch/Heidi's Aunt: "It was emotional, very emotional."

A short but historic moment, one this mother did not miss.

"Oh gosh, this is great."

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