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Dayton Tours Flood Prone Cities (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Forecasters are predicting a messy spring thaw

Several areas could see flooding, including the Mississippi River in Winona

That was the site of Governor Mark Dayton's eighth stop during a tour of the state's most vulnerable flooding areas

Gov Dayton made it clear at Tuesday's Flood Preparedness Meeting, he means business

"I want to give you my governor's residence home phone number to contact, and I give this out in all seriousness," Gov Dayton said

He's handing out his phone number so officials can reach him during flood emergencies

"The potential is there that we could have a very serious flood," said National Weather Service's Michael Welvaert
In Winona, alone, the Mississippi could rise several feet in the next couple weeks

"We take it very serious because that's approaching the record height," said Winona Public Works' Keith Nelson
The main problem is melting snow and rain, which is causing rivers like the Mississippi to rise and concerns to grow

"All of the water that's coming from the Minnesota River, the upper Mississippi, the Chippewa, St Croix, all of that eventually drains through the Mississippi River that comes through Winona," Welvaert said

That means Winona officials are checking pumps and will begin monitoring the levee system, one that's expected to keep the city safe

"We'll keep a very close eye and there will be a lot of sleepless night for a lot of guys," Nelson said
That's the focus across the state, agencies keeping an eye on rising waters

Even national guard Soldiers are on standby

"Still 12,000 that are able to respond, Airman and Soldiers, across the state," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Richard Nash

So Gov Dayton promises if officials do need to call

"We will make sure that we respond as rapidly as possible," Gov Dayton said

Emergency officials expect the Mississippi River in Winona to reach flood stage by March 27

Posted at: 03/15/2011 11:04 PM
By: Jill Kasparie

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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

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TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

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