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Pawlenty seeks speedy federal flood aid

As northwestern Minnesota communities fought rising floodwater amid rain and a snow storm, Gov Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday sought an expedited federal disaster declaration

March 25, 2009

ST PAUL - State officials are ramping up their Red River Valley flood assistance and asking the federal government for similar efforts

As northwestern Minnesota communities fought rising floodwater amid rain and a snow storm, Gov Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday sought an expedited federal disaster declaration

Pawlenty sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a speedy disaster declaration for the Red River Valley region The governor said it is clear there will be enough damage to trigger federal aid, which could include disaster unemployment assistance, small business disaster loans and low-interest loans for flooded farmers

"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary," Pawlenty wrote

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have been "informally" involved in the region, Pawlenty said, but a federal disaster declaration will broaden their participation

Meeting goes well

US Sen Amy Klobuchar and US Rep Collin Peterson met Wednesday with Obama and North Dakota's congressional delegation to discuss the flooding

"President Obama listened to everything we told him and he assured us that we would have whatever assistance we needed," Peterson said "He understands the severity of the situation"

The state is stepping up its relief efforts as local communities along the Red River fight back rising floodwaters

Pawlenty and the state's other four constitutional officers approved a 30-day extension of a state emergency declaration, and the state's Emergency Operations Center in downtown St Paul was "fully activated"

By Wednesday, 388 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were activated to the region, Pawlenty said, and more deployments are possible

There are 290 Soldiers in Clay County, 50 in Norman County and another 45 in Wilkin County Those in Wilkin County will complete their work by Saturday and could be sent elsewhere to help fight flooding

"We're putting everything we've got into the flood fight in northwestern Minnesota," Pawlenty told reporters

The state disaster declaration is for Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin counties

Rallying to help

The National Guard, State Patrol and Health, Agriculture, Transportation and Natural Resources departments are among those taking part in increased state involvement

The state Emergency Operations Center is coordinating state response to flooded communities' requests for equipment, including sandbags, generators and helicopters The National Guard, State Patrol and a host of state agencies are involved

"They continue to come in on an hourly basis," Public Safety official Dennis Smith said of local requests All of the 52 requests filed by Wednesday had been met, he added

The combination of flooding and blowing snow prompted the state Transportation Department to close portions of northwestern Minnesota highways and warn drivers that fluctuating water levels make it difficult to predict whether water will flood a roadway

Pawlenty toured Moorhead and Breckenridge, Minn, earlier this week and said he would return to the region in the coming days Pawlenty said Red River Valley communities are better prepared for flooding than they were five years ago, largely because of their experience with the floods of 1997

Since the 1997 floods, millions of dollars have been spent on flood mitigation efforts in northwestern Minnesota

Scott Wente "¢ Grand Forks Herald

Read more at grandforksheraldcom (reg required)
Read the latest Minnesota National Guard press release.

March 24, 2009: "100 More National Guard Soldiers sent to Red River," StarTribune

March 24, 2009: "Lower projection on Red upstream may help Fargo," 5 EYEWITNESS News

March 24, 2009: "State offers flood assistance," Bemidji Pioneer

March 23, 2009: "Minnesota Soldiers help with battle against river," INFORUM, The forum of Fargo-Moorhead

March 23, 2009: "Minnesota Guard will help the fight," StarTribune

March 23, 2009: "Minnesota, N.D. Guard respond to Red River Valley flooding," National Guard Bureau



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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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