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Cleaning Up After Flooding in Mankato

The floodwater has receded in Mankato, but the debris left behind has made a mess And as News 12's Erick Lind tells us the clean-up would be tough enough on public works in regular years But with a depleted budget, the offer that came from the National Guard was a welcome phone call

The National Guard might be thought of as a group of defenders against threats to the country, and that threat includes the wrath of Mother Nature That is exactly why the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry was active today in Mankato Minnesota Army National Guard 1st Sgt Bill Edgeworth says, "Part of the National Guard's mission is to support the community, so when we got in contact with the city and offered our time, they had plenty of projects for us to do "The city had seven groups of troops working along the Minnesota River with Public Works employees, clearing debris left from the late summer floods

They were also clearing growth from the dike walls that have roots growing into the clay liner, and keeping debris floating in the river from getting tangled up in the future

Mankato Public Works Foreperson of Street Department Joe Grabianowski says, "It's great They have 35 personnel down here with us That's just a huge number, and it's a great asset

"Sgt Edgeworth says not only is this a great benefit for the community, but it's a great experience opportunity for the soldiers

Edgeworth says, "The main thing is these young troops that decided to join the National Guard part of the sale is, it supports the community, and so that's what we're down here to do

"Grabianowski says the maintenance has to be done every so many years

He's just glad this year they have some extra help to clean up what was left behind so late in the season

Grabianowski says, "It's a good deal for everybody They're local people here They're all from the area, so they can see their work Everyday they go across the bridge they can see what they did for the city." Keeping the city safe along with the rest of the country

In Mankato, Erick Lind, News 12
October 16, 2010 at 8:28pm

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Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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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.



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Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
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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.



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Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
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