MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD

Gov. Walz Signs Veterans Bill Into Law

ST. PAUL (KVRR) — Gov Tim Walz has signed a bill to address veteran services and homelessness. The state house passed the bill last Friday, one day after it cleared the senate. It includes over $52 million for veterans affairs. Sixteen point five million is being set aside for veterans’ homes. Nearly $25 million will be given in the form…

People come together to combat flooding in Crookston and Fisher

Crookston officials feel they are moving past the worst of flood conditions but now they're lending a hand to a neighbor who could face similar or worse damage.

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Crookston officials feel they are moving past the worst of flood conditions but now they’re lending a hand to a neighbor who could face similar or worse damage. People there didn’t know what to expect as water continued to rise in the Red Lake River. “Last night right after sunset I saw the road was filled with…

Gov. Tim Walz Authorizes National Guard to Support Emergency Flood Operations in Northwestern Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Following severe spring storms across northwestern Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz today declared a peacetime emergency and authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support for emergency flood operations, including personnel, equipment, and resources. The assistance is authorized via Emergency Executive Order 22-08. “When our neighbors are in trouble, we step up to lend a hand,” said Governor…

Minnesota National Guard soldiers from Crookston & TRF return home

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) Fifty-two Minnesota National Guard soldiers from Crookston and Thief River Falls return home from the Middle East. Company B of the Second Combined Arms Battalion of the 136th infantry were greeted by family at Hector International Airport in Fargo. The soldiers were deployed to several locations throughout the Middle East as it is rare for soldiers to…

Family, Friends Welcome Detroit Lakes Area National Guard Troops Home

Second Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Detroit Lakes Area National Guard Troops Return Home

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Second Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Detroit Lakes Area National Guard troops have returned home after landing at Hector International Airport. Just under 100 troops from the Brainerd-based 1-194 Task Force returned home after spending just under a year deployed in the Middle East. The troops assisted with evacuations in Kabul, Afghanistan and provided medical…

Guardsmen take to the streets to help Becker County Food Pantry

A total of 980 pounds of food and several cash donations were collected.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR) -The Detroit Lakes unit of the Minnesota National Guard took to the streets to help the Becker County Food Pantry. With a mission to help end hunger, soldiers suited up in their camouflage uniforms and marched down Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, collecting food items for the Becker County Food Pantry. “They give us a variety…

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…