National Guard

Sanford Health to receive Department of Defense Freedom Award

The award is given to employers who provide exceptional support to workers in the National Guard and Reserve.

FARGO, N.D. — When it comes to taking care of those who have risked their lives for our country, Sanford Health is an expert. Not just among employers in the Red River Valley, but among all employers across the nation. The health care system has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as one of the 2020 Employer Support…

ND National Guard trains for the worst: radioactive accidents & biological attacks

FARGO, N.D. – For Master Sergeant Kristi Erickson, a supervisor of the North Dakota National Guard’s 119th Wing Emergency Management Team, detecting hazardous radiation materials isn’t her day job. That’s what the soldiers at the 81st Civil Support Team do instead. They’re trained to respond to incidents ranging from radioactive accidents to biological attacks. If a really terrible accident happened in North…

“Code & space issues” at Moorhead Armory

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota National Guard says the Moorhead Armory has not been renovated in a major way since it was built 32 years ago. Governor Tim Walz seemed surprised Tuesday when senate Republicans left out $5.3 million for repairing the building in their proposed bonding bill. The project was included in the house Democrats’ bill. The guard says the…

Walz surprised Moorhead Armory renovation isn’t considered in bonding bill

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz wants a $2 billion dollar bonding bill plan he proposed in January to pass in the legislature’s special session. He seems surprised $5.3 million in renovations and an addition to the Moorhead National Guard Armory is no longer on the list of projects that could get state money. “Everybody from the Pentagon to National Guard…

Governor Walz, National Guard Take Control of Handling Protests

SAINT PAUL, MINN. – Gov. Tim Walz, with the assistance of the State Patrol and the National Guard, is taking control of the handling of protests in the Twin Cities. The National Guard began their operations just after midnight Friday to begin securing the state capitol and escorting fire trucks and protecting firefighters trying to put out burning buildings across…

Mass COVID-19 Testing Over Memorial Weekend At Moorhead Armory

The testing results are expected to take between 2 to 3 days to come back after the weekend

MOORHEAD, Minn. — At the Moorhead Armory, the National Guard is collecting information and getting people in line for COVID-19 testing. The Guard expects to get through hundreds of tests at the Moorhead site and up to 7 thousand across the state through the weekend. National Guard Major Scott Hawks says it’s all about accessibility, as anyone can walk in…

MN National Guard soldiers to test long-term care residents

MINNESOTA – 20 Minnesota National Guard soldiers have been activated to help test people living in long-term care facilities for the coronavirus. The soldiers are trained combat medics and are EMT certified. They will be collecting swab samples as part of a mobile testing unit. State officials say many of them work in the medical field for their civilian jobs….

128 Positive COVID-19 Cases Associated with LM Wind Power in Grand Forks

There are approximately 900 employees who work in the LM Wind Power factory.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–A total of 128 people associated with the LM Wind Power factory in Grand Forks have tested positive for COVID-19. The City of Grand Forks partnered with Altru and the National Guard for a mass testing event on April 16. Of the 426 tests performed, 99 were positive, 323 were negative and 4 were unable to be run….

Sen. Cramer introduces bill closing incentive pay gap for non-active duty military

Sam Cabral WASHINGTON — Closing pay gaps is not usually a bipartisan effort in the capital, but a bipartisan effort in both chambers of Congress could end a major pay disparity between non-active duty and active duty military. Soldiers who perform tasks such as parachute jumps, explosives demolition and toxic fuels handling are eligible for hazardous duty incentive pay. HDIP…