MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD

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…

Flyover Planned Monday To Honor Essential Workers in Fargo & Grand Forks

MINOT, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base is performing a flyover to support essential workers on Monday, May 18. They will head to Fargo from Bismarck and should be over Sanford Medical Center around 2:15 p.m. The plane will then flyover Altru in Grand Forks around 2:30 before heading back to Minot. Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve conducted…

Services set for 3 Guardsmen killed in Black Hawk Crash

Courtesy: Fox 9ST. CLOUD, Minn.–Services are set for three Minnesota National Guardsmen killed in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter last week. Chief Warrant Officers James Rogers Jr. and Charles Nord and Sgt. Kort Plantenberg were killed Thursday when their helicopter crashed southwest of St. Cloud during a routine maintenance test flight. Services for Plantenberg will be held Thursday…

Oslo, Minnesota Cut Off By Floodwaters But It’s “Business as Usual”

Governor Tim Walz sent several dozen Army National Guard soldiers to assist Oslo over the weekend

OSLO, MN — Oslo, Minnesota is now an island cut off by Red River floodwaters blocking highways in and out of the town of around 300 people. The Red has crested below the record level and is holding steady. The town is protected by a massive permanent ring levee that has been in place for years. About half the population left…

Prescribed Burn Gets Out Of Control At Beltrami Island State Forest

Governor Mark Dayton has called out the Minnesota National Guard to assist with firefighting efforts

BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST, Minn. — A DNR-prescribed fire intended to manage brushlands at Beltrami Island State Forest has gotten out of hand. Governor Mark Dayton has called out the Minnesota National Guard to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire started spreading yesterday and quickly consumed 500 acres. So far, no structures or private land are threatened. The fire is…

Clay County’s Top Prosecutor Is Being Deployed For Second Time Since 2006

Brian Melton is a colonel in the Minnesota National Guard

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Clay County Attorney Brian Melton is being deployed to Kuwait. He says part of the mission involves administering intelligence information. Melton is a colonel in the Minnesota National Guard. He will be away for about a year, beginning in late September or early October. It’ll be the second time he’s been deployed since he was first elected…

Governor Orders Cold Snap Emergency Help in Moorhead

Temperature Lows Are Expected To Be Dangerous This Holiday

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Governor Mark Dayton has ordered the Minnesota National Guard to provide support during the cold snap in Clay County. He has granted the sheriff’s requested use of the armory in Moorhead for temporary emergency cold weather sheltering for those with no place to go. They’ll also provide food. The order remains in effect until emergency conditions…