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Video: State Leaders Deal With Another Major Disaster



(WCCO) For the second time in less than three weeks, state leaders and emergency responders in Minnesota have been dealing with a major disaster Gov Tim Pawlenty is preparing a disaster declaration for southeastern Minnesota for the damage that is spread far and wide across at least six counties Pawlenty said it is going to take weeks to assess all the damage The deadly wall of water came do quickly there was no time to escape One car stuck in the floodwaters still had its windshield wipers running As clean-up began on Sunday afternoon, danger still remained with the water still moving quickly Pawlenty activated the Minnesota National Guard to help search door-to-door victims, promising swift action from state relief agencies "We can't predict national disasters in Minnesota but we can predict the Minnesota response," said Pawlenty Meanwhile some flooded communities are still cut off from all communication The state isn't able to get into those areas to assess the damage "We're gonna have to sort all that out in the next couple days after we finish our disaster response Then we'll be getting to the people and what sort of financial remuneration or coverage they might have," said Sen Sharon Erickson Ropes of Winona There have been some questions as to whether the state can handle another disaster after the fires in northern Minnesota and the Interstate 35W bridge collapse Pawlenty said there is plenty of money available for emergencies such as these and it will not tax the National Guard He said there will be plenty of National Guard available and plenty of rescue assistance but it will still take weeks or even months to determine how much damage the flooding caused Pat Kessler
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Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

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.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

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.



Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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