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RUSHFORD, Minn (AP) - A powerful storm system that swamped the upper Midwest and killed at least six people moved into Ohio on Tuesday as weary Minnesota residents returned to their water-logged homes For many, it was a surreal scene Orange Xs marked buildings that had been searched for survivors Canoes lay in the streets At a campground in Houston County, picnic tables hung from trees Mud several inches deep covered streets in parts of Rushford, and some sidewalks had collapsed "Some people had to cut holes in their roofs to get out, the water was so deep," said Jack O'Donnell, chief deputy with the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office The president declared the region a disaster area late Tuesday morning, allowing for federal funds to aid in cleanup The storm was one of two systems that flooded towns in the Midwest and southern Plains over the weekend The second, the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin, killed six people in Oklahoma, eight in Texas and one in Missouri, where up to 11 inches of rain fell in a few hours Monday Tuesday morning, heavy rain in Ohio caused flooding that closed a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 75 in the northwest part of the state, the Highway Patrol said Nearby, motorists were urged to stay out of Wyandot County because of extensive flooding caused by more than 8 inches of rain, and authorities were busy rescuing motorists from stalled cars, sheriff's Lt Neil Riedlinger said Water was 3 feet deep Tuesday in downtown Carey, Ohio, and a local nursing home had to be evacuated, Riedlinger said Firefighters in the north-central Ohio town of Bucyrus used a boat to rescue families from flooded homes In Minnesota, divers and the crew of a National Guard helicopter searched for Jered Lorenz, 37, whose overturned car was found lodged in the rocks along a creek near Lewiston Fifteen miles to the south, the National Guard controlled access to the city of Rushford, escorting residents in just long enough for them to grab pets, clothing, medicine and other emergency supplies Rushford City administrator Windy Block said residents may be allowed back for good Tuesday if electrical power is restored and the storm sewer works She estimated that at least a third of the town's 1,800 residents suffered damage from the flooding of Rush Creek Hundreds of people fled their homes in southwestern Wisconsin as the deluge turned the countryside in Vernon, Crawford and Richland counties into bogs, drowned crops and strained dams nearly to the breaking point Damage estimates hit nearly $30 million and were expected to keep climbing Southwestern Wisconsin was under another flash flood watch Tuesday night and Wednesday, with a chance of rain through Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Swerman The town of Soldiers Grove, Wis, lost part of a road to flooding In nearby Gays Mills, flooding filled downtown with waist-deep, peanut butter-colored water Mason Evans Jr said water was 8 feet deep in his house in Gays Mills "It broke me," Evans said "I lost everything"
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Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



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