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Dayton visits Moorhead to view flood preparations and visit with local officials

MOORHEAD, Minn " Gov Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep Collin Peterson visited the Moorhead area Saturday, April 9, as the city waited for the Red River to crest

Dayton and Klobuchar made trips to neighborhoods in Moorhead and Georgetown to view flood preparations and discuss state flood aid with local officials

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At the direction of the governor's executive order, 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard have been activated for flood duty in western Minnesota  Guard members are conducting levee patrols, monitoring water pumps and securing road blocks in the communities of Moorhead, Oakport and Georgetown, Minn 

Traci Goble, the Mayor of Georgetown, said that members of the National Guard have been doing regular levee checks adjacent to flooded areas to ensure the safety of the town's residents 

"They are giving our residents great peace of mind," said Goble  "People can sleep better at night, knowing that Guard is out watching"

As water levels rise, existing levee systems can be stressed to the point of giving out or allowing dangerous leakage  To combat this, and as a precaution related to likely precipitation, Goble said construction crews were working to raise levees by two feet

Members of the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry have been conducting foot patrols along the bloated river's newly-carved banks to monitor the performance of the levees and to provide early warning to local officials, should any concerns arise

Dayton has been moving about recently with Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Kris Eide  Together, they have been monitoring flood threats across the state

Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office
9 April, 2011

 



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"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



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Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."



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.



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