MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD

Stauber: Minnesota National Guard members safe in Afghanistan

KABUL, AF – The more than 1,100 Minnesota National Guard members in Kabul, Afghanistan are reportedly safe. Eighth District Congressman Pete Stauber says he spoke with National Guard leaders shortly after the ISIS terrorist attacks and was relieved to learned Minnesota soldiers were not among those killed. The troops with Task Force 1-194 were at the Kabul airport at the…

Hundreds of Minnesota guard members among those securing inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS – About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. The number of guard members is at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. Before this year, states rotated sending National Guard soldiers to inaugurations. Fewer than 10 from Minnesota were…

Minnesota governor activates National Guard for Pence visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s governor has called in the National Guard to help provide security and keep the peace as Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump were scheduled to visit the Twin Cities. Pence and President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter planned to meet with law enforcement on Thursday in the city where George Floyd’s death sparked angry and sometimes…

Governor Walz deploys Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol amid Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS–Gov. Tim Walz has declared a Peacetime Emergency in Minneapolis after several nights of unrest. Additionally, at the request of the Mayor of Minneapolis, Gov. Walz mobilized the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota State Patrol. The National Guard and State Patrol will help local authorities disperse crowds, prevent looting and make arrests. Walz said, “Minneapolis, it’s time to heal. We…

Back-to-back deployments for Minnesota National Guard unit

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP)–One of the first Minnesota National Guard units to respond to unrest following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis is headed out on a new mission. The Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company is deploying on a yearlong mission to provide security at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. A send-off ceremony Sunday at the Stillwater armory was scaled back due to…

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…

Minneapolis Wakes Up to Clean-up after Night of Riots

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – As the curfew lifted at 6 a.m. Saturday in Minneapolis, many residents awoke to more destruction as crowds continued to riot following the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota National Guard activated 1,000 more service members in response to the violence, and the Department of Public Safety said shots were fired at law enforcement officers as units moved into control crowds that have…

Gov. Walz activates Minnesota National Guard amid protests over George Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz has signed an Executive Order activating the Minnesota National Guard and declaring a peacetime emergency amid the death of George Floyd. The National Guard has been called on to provide safety to Minnesotans and maintain peace after the protests became dangerous for protesters and first responders. Walz said, “It is time to rebuild. Rebuild the…

Moorhead Armory to offer free COVID-19 testing Memorial Day weekend

Anyone can be tested and no appointment is necessary.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–The Moorhead Armory is offering free COVID-19 testing from May 23 through May 25. The National Guard and local public health employees are providing the tests. Up to 2,000 tests will be available per day. Five other locations across Minnesota will also be offering free testing. Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Jon Jensen said, “The Minnesota National Guard is proud…