Minnesota National Guard

150 National Guard Members Deploy To KuwaitA troop deployment ceremony brought out lots of people in Willmar Thursday. Even the Minnesota Wild were represented at the Army National Guard event, where more than 150 members of the 682nd Engineer Battalion prepared to leave for Kuwait.
Minnesota Guardsman Pleads Guilty To Making Child PornA Minnesota National Guardsman has pleaded guilty to getting a 14-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos while he was deployed in Afghanistan.
Minnesota National Guard Unit Returns Home After 9-Month DeploymentIt was a big welcome home Saturday for a Minnesota National Guard unit who spent nine months deployed to Egypt.
Minn. Nat'l Guard Going Through Special 'Vigilant Guard' ProgramSome National Guard crews are going through special training this week. It's called the "Vigilant Guard" program.
GOP Lawmakers Call To Arm More Military MembersA 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.
Sen. Franken Speaks Out Against Payday Loans In St. PaulEfforts 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.
Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Heading Out For 7-Month DeploymentSoldiers 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.
Foaming Procedure Kills Infected Turkeys En MasseThe 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.
80 Minnesota National Guard 'Red Bulls' Return HomeDozens 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.
Minnesota Under Red Flag Warning For Fire RiskThe 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.
Dayton Authorizes National Guard To Help Fight WildfiresGov. 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.
Dayton Activates Minnesota National Guard To Fight WildfiresGov. 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.