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Lower projection on Red upstream may help Fargo

An unexpected dip cheers sandbaggers

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March 24, 2009, 11:47 AM FARGO, ND (AP) - An unexpected dip in the Red River miles upstream on Tuesday cheered sandbaggers struggling to raise this city's protective dikes high enough to withstand possible record flooding

The National Weather Service lowered its crest forecast for Wahpeton and its cross-river neighbor, Breckenridge, Minn, downward to 18 feet by Wednesday morning, well below the tops of their dikes

Meanwhile, authorities in the small northern Minnesota town of Crookston called for the voluntary evacuation of about 200 people in low-lying areas after an ice jam led to a sudden rise on the Red Lake River The river was near the top of city dikes and rising, though the ice jam had broken and officials hoped to see the river begin falling

Across the river from Fargo, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland told WCCO-AM that the crest arrival had been moved up to Thursday afternoon, but meteorologist Bill Barrett said he was unaware of Voxland's statement

North Dakota had mobilized 660 National Guard members and expected to have 800 working by day's end Minnesota sent more than 300

"It's nice to have them deal with our sand, not the Iraq sand," said Rep Earl Pomeroy, D-ND

Along with sandbags, Fargo was deploying a portable wall system that shielded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from bullets The system is made up of 3- and 4-foot-high interlocking containers that are filled with sand It took workers just half an hour Monday to set up about 1,000 feet of the containers

The system was designed for erosion control, but quickly became popular with the military, said Stephanie Victory, a spokeswoman for manufacturer Hesco Bastion Its first meaningful test for flood protection was last summer in Iowa, she said

The city of Fargo was operating three large machines capable of producing 15,000 sandbags an hour Sand was also being piled on the floor of the Fargodome for people to shovel into bags the old-fashioned way

It took a National Guard helicopter to rescue Bernie and Jenny Martin when a creek around their farm near Carson rose faster than expected

"We were on an island We were totally surrounded by water," Bernie Martin said by phone from a friend's home Guard members used the helicopter because they were worried a boat would hit floating ice chunks or strong current

See video and read more at 5 EYEWITNESS News
March 23, 2009: "Minnesota Guard will help the fight," StarTribune.com



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Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



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