Minnesota National Guard activated in Clay County because of “credible threats” during protests planned on Friday

Fargo Police Department is boarding up their windows.

ST.PAUL, MINN. – Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order late Wednesday night activating the Minnesota National Guard to provide safety and protection for Clay County and surrounding areas during demonstrations planned in Fargo in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“The Minnesota National Guard stands ready to provide protection for all Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “While Minnesotans turn their attention to rebuilding our communities and reexamining racial inequities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, our administration is committed to providing protection for our neighborhoods, businesses, and families in order for those meaningful conversations to happen.”

Local law enforcement authorities are aware of credible threats of violent activities during demonstrations planned in North Dakota that could impact nearby Minnesota communities, and have requested assistance from the Minnesota National Guard to help provide security and preserve public safety. The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond as necessary.

This executive order is effective immediately.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is currently activated and has implemented the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan. The SEOC will support this mission in addition to its current support of security operations in other communities and the State’s COVID-19 response.

This executive order is effective immediately.

A group called “ND Stand for Change” plans a rally Friday afternoon in Island Park and a march to city hall where a two-hour sit in is planned. While the organizers say it will be a peaceful protest, law enforcement authorities are concerned about the possibility of violence.

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