Minnesota National Guard
Some National Guard crews are going through special training this week. It’s called the “Vigilant Guard” program.
A group of GOP legislators on Monday announced a bill in the works to exempt active duty members of the military and Minnesota’s National Guard from the state’s gun permitting process. The legislation is expected to be introduced next year.
Efforts are under way to crack down on the types of loans that offer quick cash, but exorbitant interest rates. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, spoke out against “payday” loans and other high interest loans Saturday.
Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are heading out for a seven-month mobilization in Kuwait. A departure ceremony was held in Hastings Saturday for the departing men and women.
The effort to stop bird flu from spreading in Minnesota means millions of birds must be killed. Forty-nine farms in 17 Minnesota counties have found bird flu. If one bird has it, the rest of the flock must be eliminated.
Dozens of Minnesota National Guard members returned home to their families on Saturday. About 80 members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, or the Red Bulls, were greeted by hundreds of friends and family.
The entire state of Minnesota is under a red flag warning Wednesday. The fire danger is extreme because of warm, windy and dry weather. Gov. Mark Dayton is authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help fight wildfires.
Gov. Mark Dayton is authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help fight wildfires in the state. Dayton on Wednesday signed an executive order to provide emergency assistance to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center.
Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota National Guard to fight wildfires across the state. The Guard and the state Department of Public Safety will supply two Blackhawk helicopters with 660-gallon water buckets to combat the blazes. The department says multiple fires were reported in east-central Minnesota Thursday.
The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was set to help the U.S. military in containing the Ebola virus in the west African nation. Since the number of those infected with the virus has dropped dramatically, there’s no need for the national guard’s support.
Nearly 300 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who have been preparing for a deployment to Liberia have been told their mission has been called off.
Minnesota is living up to its name as the state of hockey. Thousands of athletes are lacing up their skates around the state for the 9th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The premier games are happening at Holman Field in St. Paul where high school hockey teams are competing on an outdoor rink.
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You could call it one big hockey celebration this weekend. Two big hockey events to take in – the 10th Annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at Lake Nokomis and it’s Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday.
The holiday season is a time when many families come together. But this year, thousands of families will have to celebrate a world apart.
The Minnesota National Guard has just over 13,000 active soldiers and airmen. Of course, they’re not the only ones who feel the effects of deployment. Their families do, too.
It’s the face of Liberia that is now capturing world attention. A coordinated fight is taking place in the African nation to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But fighting the outbreak also has some negative but necessary side effects that will keep Liberian children from attending school.
More than 22,000 books are on their way from Minnesota to Liberian students out of school because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Books For Africa plans a ceremony recognizing the shipment at its St. Paul warehouse Tuesday.
The Minnesota National Guard is stepping up to help the fight against Ebola. About 700 men and women with the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be headed to West Africa in the spring.
Minnesota honored its veterans with a special state program Tuesday in Inver Grove Heights. State military leaders honored Minnesota’s 370,000 veterans, including 26,000 who were deployed for extended periods of time after 9/11.
Nearly 100 members of Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing are returning this week from resupply and humanitarian missions in Southwest Asia. The unit flew almost 800 missions, hauling about 5,100 passengers and 2,200 tons of cargo. Its missions included emergency transport of about 140 patients.
John Carson grew up in St. James, Minnesota, and joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1998 when he was 17. (He went to basic training the summer between his junior and senior year of high school.)
More than 140 Minnesota soldiers will spend the holidays with their families. Minnesota National Guard’s 114th Transportation Company was formally welcomed home today at Chisholm High School after spending a year overseas.
Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said. The Department of Justice unveiled the charges the individuals face in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court documents show the schemes involved two businesses headed by retired National Guardsmen, one from Minnesota and another from Virginia.
It was an exciting morning for more than 100 Minnesota military families Tuesday as they gave some returning soldiers a very happy homecoming. Some got up as early as 1 a.m. to welcome home their loved ones returning after a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.