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Minnesota Guard Activated for the 4th Time in Flood Response

Minnesota Guard Activated for the 4th Time in Flood Response Photo: MGNonline.

April 13, 2019 07:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- 35 soldiers were deployed Friday night to Oslo, Minnesota after Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order regarding rising flood waters in the northern part of the state. 

Just before midnight on Friday, 35 soldiers of the 2-136 Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, stationed in Moorhead, geared up for flood response in Oslo. The soldiers started working Saturday in various operations along with members of the Marshall County Sheriff and Oslo Fire Department.

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This effort is separate from the work being done by 143 soldiers from the 224th Transportation Company headquartered in Austin, MN. The National Guard is helping local authorities in Freeborn and Mower Counties after a storm hit the area on Thursday.

Officials said in a statement, Friday night's deployment, is the fourth State of Emergency for the Minnesota National Guard in 2019. Other winter storm activations include the ongoing winter storm response in southern Minnesota that began April 11, state activation February 7-8 in Renville County and February 23-24 in multiple counties. Additionally, the Minnesota National Guard provided Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) assistance to the State of Nebraska from March 19-28.

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