Minnesota National Guard
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.
It’s a day many Minnesota families won’t soon forget. More than 200 National Guard members are being deployed to Iraq. But before they go, those heroes and their families were treated to a steak lunch.
Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade are going back to the Middle East. More than 200 soldiers will train for two weeks at Camp Ripley in Minnesota, then leave for Texas is June.
A Minnesota man accused of stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit has pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge. Prosecutors say Keith Michael Novak, of Maplewood, is a self-described militia commander who planned to use the stolen information to make fake IDs for his militia members.
A South St. Paul man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Ramsey County Court to the murder of a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Aaron William Allen, 26, admitted to shooting 25-year-old Brandon James Horst as he was asleep at his St. Paul home on Aug. 5. 2013. Allen also admitted in Ramsey County Court Wednesday that Horst’s wife, 25-year-old Heather Leanne Horst.
Five soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were injured during a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan on Monday. The soldiers are members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield. One soldier Minnesotan soldier is recovering at a medical center in Germany, while the other four are recovering in Afghanistan. A soldier from California was killed in the attack.
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A Minnesota National Guard member and self-described commander of a militia group is accused of stealing classified information from his former military unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.
A Vadnais Heights woman is accused of forging checks for a total of nearly $5,000 while her estranged husband was serving in Kuwait with the Minnesota National Guard.
The Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa joined forces with the Minnesota National Guard and the Minnesota Swarm this week to bring the game of lacrosse to young people. Lacrosse, a sport of Native American origin, is growing in popularity in high schools around the country.
Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects on Friday to a proud Army officer and devoted husband and dad. At 38, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was on the fast track for a successful military career. But the story of his unexpected journey would reach far beyond the halls of the Pentagon. “He was a scholar. He was just a joy to be around, very inspirational,” says Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.
The worrying is over for dozens of Minnesota families. Their loved ones with the Minnesota National Guard returned home Tuesday after spending nearly a year in Afghanistan. As they were saving lives overseas, new lives were beginning in some of their own homes.
More than 100 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are getting ready for deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Officials said 103 soldiers will participate in a farewell ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
Friends and family are mourning the death of a beloved soldier, author and family man as Lt. Col. Mark Weber died Thursday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.
At the height of his military career in 2010, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was forced to face a different kind of life and death battle. He was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. “Doctors have told me they can’t understand how I’m still alive. I have damage to my liver that is incomprehensible,” Weber said. That was November of last year, just before Weber’s book was self-published. “Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters” sold 10,000 copies in three months.
Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Charles Freese is looking at a simulation of a map of Baghdad on a computer screen in a brand-new building in Minnesota. “Our mission here is just to fly along the route,” he said. “We’re looking for anything that looks suspicious. We’ve been tasked to basically make sure there aren’t any IEDs or unfriendly troops in the area.”
The Minneapolis Police Department has named the officer who was driving the SUV involved in a collision last week in Uptown that killed a 24-year-old motorcyclist and injured his passenger.