| Water receding in Fargo, but rural areas still threatened
by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
April 10, 2011
Fargo, N.D. — The Red River continues to fall in Fargo-Moorhead, but overland flooding is surrounding hundreds of rural homes and farms.
The high water in the Red River is forcing some tributaries to back up in rural areas.
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Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said the county has not had to evacuate any residents, but travel is very difficult.
"We have probably 60 roads that have been washed out or have water on it," Bergquist said. "Things are getting a little better, I guess. The river is dropping a little bit, but the overland is still causing some problems."
North Dakota National Guard troops rescued an 87-year-old man north of Fargo Saturday after the sandbag dike around his home failed.
Highway 75 is closed in Minnesota near Georgetown and Halstad. In North Dakota, Interstate 29 is flooded for several miles north of Fargo.
High water will plague rural areas of the Red River Valley for several weeks as the river crest slowly rolls north to Canada.
The National Weather Service said high winds this afternoon could raise one to two foot waves in flooded rural areas. The wave action could erode roads and levees.
"So anybody with both clay and sandbag levees, temporary type structures, it's a tenuous time frame with rain occurring and wind occurring," said NWS meteorologist Greg Gust.
NATIONAL GUARD ON PATROL
In Fargo and Moorhead, National Guard troops are still monitoring levees holding back the river.
Lt. Col. Mark Wiens says 218 Minnesota Guard members are deployed in Clay County. They are patrolling levees and staffing teams to respond to any leaks.
Wiens said with rain falling and the river still high, levee patrols are critical.
"Within Moorhead over the last 24 hours we've had two such incidents where our patrols were able to identify what were small leaks that city engineers were able to come and make a determination and make immediate corrections," Wiens said.
Wiens said the Guard expects to stay in Moorhead until late this week.
The National Guard will also send troops to Oslo on Monday as floodwaters rise and cut off access to the community north of Grand Forks.
The NWS said Sunday that the river reached a preliminary crest of 38.75 feet at 6:15 Saturday evening in Fargo-Moorhead. The river stage was 38.56 feet Sunday morning.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
34th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers coming home
Posted: 2015-05-01 09:26 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
The second half of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade's Headquarters Company and 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion are returning home from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq on Saturday morning.
More than 110 Soldiers will be bussed to the Army Aviation Support Facility #1, 206 Airport Road, St. Paul, Minn., at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.
These Minnesota units conducted aviation operations and security cooperation activities at the direction of U.S. Central Command. Their mission expanded to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the military effort to combat emerging militant groups, in September.
Minnesota National Guard officer, enlisted meet for annual conferences
Posted: 2015-05-01 08:01 AM
The 110th General National Guard Association of Minnesota Conference had nearly 300 officers, warrant officers and their guests in attendance. Events included a Friday alumni dinner, a business meeting and a formal banquet in Minnetonka last weekend.
Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, National Guard Association president, brought association news from Washington D.C. to the group. He said the association is working to educate elected officials of the problems of a budget that would reduce end strength by 8,200 for the Army National Guard. Their focus is on structure, end strength and full time manning.
"We'll lose 1,726 man days, 1,100 technicians and 600 AGRs," said Hargett.
STARBASE Minnesota celebrates 50,000 students served
Posted: 2015-04-30 08:11 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - 50,000 students have walked through STARBASE Minnesota's doors since it opened in 1993. STARBASE continues to educate and inspire youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through exciting, innovative programming at the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing.
Muhamed "Robo Knight" Come, a 4th grader at Frost Lake Elementary school, became the 50,000th STARBASE student to graduate from the program on April 28, 2015. He and his 80 classmates were surprised with virtual fireworks and balloons falling from the ceiling marking this milestone.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Wong, the volunteer guest speaker at the event heard from students as they described how they designed, 3D printed and tested their rocket prototypes and learned how to program rovers as they planned their journey to Mars. In return, Lt. Col. Wong shared how he uses STEM in the Minnesota Air National Guard and how important education is to achieving goals.
Minnesota National Guard assists with avian influenza response
Posted: 2015-04-29 12:40 PM
The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the disease containment effort as part of the state's response to avian influenza.
More than 40 National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the Brooklyn Park-based Company A, 134th Brigade Support Battalion are being used in the mission. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of the depopulation efforts, to control further spread of avian influenza virus.
"Any time that we can fill a gap by providing services like this, it is a positive thing for the guard," said Capt. Adam Riedel, the command and control officer-in-charge for this activation.