Minnesota National Guard
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.
More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are scheduled to return to the state next week. Soldiers from the 114th Transportation Company return after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The Guard and Duluth-based Minnesota Power on Wednesday announced a $25 million plan to build a 10-megawatt solar array spanning 100 acres at Camp Ripley, the largest military base in Minnesota.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association has voted overwhelmingly in favor of incumbent Sheriff Rick Stanek’s opponent on Wednesday. Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Eddie Frizell received 75 percent of the votes, while Stanek only received nine percent. Sixteen percent of votes were to endorse neither candidate.
The Minnesota National Guard is sending 20 soldiers to Henderson, Minn. to assist with flood response. Henderson is among the towns in southern Minnesota that suffered damage due to torrential rains that plagued the state over the last week. The soldiers will provide assistance by watching over flowage channels, levee watch and lift stations.
A South St. Paul man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard in a scheme with the victim’s wife.
Nearly 90 Minnesota National Guard members return home after an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan. A homecoming ceremony will be held Tuesday for the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield.
Mark Reese of B-52 Burgers and Brew knew he made a great burger. But competing against The Nook, MyBurger and The Gold Nugget? “It was very intimidating,” Reese said. But a panel of chefs and food critics judged the B-52 burger as the best in the Twin Cities Burger Battle.
The closing arguments were presented Tuesday in the trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of plotting the murder of her husband, National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst.