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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced a new plan to mobilize the national guard to assist at local long-term care facilities and open new rapid testing sites across the state. Guard members will provide staffing support and also be part of a COVID-19 emergency staffing pool, which allows long-term care facilities to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 160 soldiers from Minnesota are ready to head overseas. A Minnesota National Guard deployment ceremony was held Sunday at Fort Snelling. The soldiers will head to Kuwait as part of Operation Spartan Shield. The troops WCCO spoke with say they’re ready to get into action. (credit: CBS) “I think we have a really great...
                        A group of Minneapolis residents sent an open letter to Governor Tim Walz (D) asking that he send in the National Guard or State Troopers, calling Minneapolis “a war zone.” The group of 26 residents said that they have been living amidst violence for long enough. As was...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two Minnesota National Guard members helped rescue a couple from a car crash last month after the vehicle became wedged under an overpass. According to the Minnesota National Guard, Sheri Bailey, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, and Christopher Reed, first sergeant of Headquarters, were driving separately on Highway 35E on August 20. READ MORE: Shooting Near...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From a flag raising to a flyover, Minnesota’s military members felt the love Tuesday at the Minnesota State Fair. It’s the 10th year that the fair has held Military Appreciation Day, honoring veterans and active service members. Specialist Nirvana Sanchez was part of every Minnesota National Guard activation that happened last year, from the COVID-19 response...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Eleven-hundred Minnesota National Guard troops are in Afghanistan right now, including at the Kabul Airport. It is not clear yet if any Minnesota guard members were among the troops injured at the airport Thursday. READ MORE: ‘They Don’t Know If They’ll Live Another Day’: Minnesotans Concerned For Family Members Stuck In Afghanistan The video from Hamid Karzai...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Eleven-hundred Minnesota National Guard troops are in Afghanistan right now, including at the Kabul Airport. It is not clear yet if any Minnesota guard members were among the troops injured at the airport Thursday. READ MORE: ‘They Don’t Know If They’ll Live Another Day’: Minnesotans Concerned For Family Members Stuck In Afghanistan The video from Hamid Karzai...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Eleven-hundred Minnesota National Guard troops are working to secure parts of the Kabul airport and help with other humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. READ MORE: ‘They Don’t Know If They’ll Live Another Day’: Minnesotans Concerned For Family Members Stuck In Afghanistan They were already stationed in Kuwait when they were deployed to help with the evacuations. ...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Eleven-hundred Minnesota National Guard troops are working to secure parts of the Kabul airport and help with other humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. READ MORE: ‘They Don’t Know If They’ll Live Another Day’: Minnesotans Concerned For Family Members Stuck In Afghanistan They were already stationed in Kuwait when they were deployed to help with the evacuations. ...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota National Guard troops are heading up north to help fight wildfires. Gov. Tim Walz signed the executive order last night after months of drought-fueled fires. Right now, Minnesota is in one of the worst droughts in history. “This summer, Minnesota has experienced abnormally high temperatures and a historic drought resulting in dry conditions conducive to wildfires....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Department of Natural Resources project is trying to increase the bat population in Minnesota. About five years ago, White Nose Syndrome came to the state killing off more than 90% of the bat population in many colonies, but now a partnership between the DNR and the National Guard is giving bats a second chance. “It’s really...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Wild is saying goodbye to a Golden Retriever named Hobey they adopted last year. Hobey is training to be a service dog and now heads off to his new owner. The sendoff happened at the Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild adopted the dog about a year ago from a rescue organization. Hobey was on...
    The Minnesota governor issued a warning order to the National Guard Wednesday to be ready for possible deployment in Minneapolis following multiple nights of unrest. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement on Wednesday that he ordered the Minnesota National Guard to start preparing to assist local law enforcement if they need help, according to the Star Tribune. Residents...
    A total of 100 Minnesota National Guard members is on standby ahead of a possible resurgence of unrest in Minneapolis following new information in an officer-involved shooting and the recent arrest of a man who allegedly drove his SUV into a crowd of protesters. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday "gave the Minnesota National Guard a warning order to start...
    In the Pioneer Press, Dave Orrick writes: “Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday ordered the National Guard to ‘start preparing’ to be sent into Minneapolis should they be needed to help keep the peace, his office said. The development came as authorities charged a St. Paul man who drove into a crowd of protesters with second-degree murder. No Guard members...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota National Guard soldiers are on standby and prepared to respond to any civil unrest in Minneapolis, where tensions have risen since the fatal police shooting of a Black man in Uptown earlier this month and the death of a protester in the neighborhood over the weekend. Lt. Col. Scott Hawks said Wednesday that 100 soldiers...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota National Guard is mourning one of its own, killed Friday afternoon in a head-on crash on Interstate 35 near Hinckley. Officials with the 148th Fighter Wing announced on Facebook Sunday that 45-year-old Master Sgt. David Thomas Greiner died in the crash, which left two others hospitalized. The Minnesota State Patrol says an SUV...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — About 150 Minnesota National Guard soldiers, based in Hastings and Red Wing, are reporting for duty once again. This time overseas in Kuwait to provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense, and will respond to any chemical hazards or weapons of mass destruction threats. On Saturday, at the Hastings National Guard Armory, the soldiers gathered for...
    Minnesota prosecutors filed multiple charges Wednesday against a man accused of opening fire on National Guard soldiers stationed in Minneapolis as part of efforts to maintain the peace following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.  Andrew Thomas, 28, was arrested Sunday and handed over to federal authorities the next day. He is charged in Hennepin County District Court with three counts...
    Additional charges could be brought against Minnesota National Guard shooting suspect Andrew Thomas once an indictment is filed, Fox News has learned.  DEREK CHAUVIN BEING HELD AT MINNESOTA MAXIUM-SECURITY PRISON AS HE AWAITS SENTENCING A spokesperson for the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office told Fox News that when a defendant is charged via a criminal complaint, it typically signals that an indictment...
    Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis chanted “F**k the National Guard” after taking to the streets. Their march immediately followed the conviction by a Minnesota jury of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd nearly one year ago. Immediately following the conviction, protesters began moving to the streets and chanted “F**k the National Guard,” independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager...
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency Monday and announced his intent to surge officers from nearby states to stave off possible violence following the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer accused of killing George Floyd. Walz's order applies to the "seven-county metropolitan area of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington" as reports of individuals...
    (CNN)A Minneapolis man has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a drive-by shooting of a team of Minnesota National Guard soldiers and a local police officer over the weekend, according to a criminal complaint and a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota. Officials say Andrew Thomas, 28, was...
    THOUSANDS of National Guard troops have been drafted in to Minneapolis as the city braces itself for riots when the imminent verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial is given. It comes as countless protesters took to the streets when the closing arguments were heard on Monday, with demonstrators brandishing signs that read "Blue Lives Murder" as they demanded justice for George...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis man faces a federal charge after allegedly shooting at a Minnesota National Guard vehicle in north Minneapolis Sunday. Andrew Thomas, 28, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a criminal complaint. READ MORE: Brooklyn Center Mayor Issues 11 P.M. Curfew Monday The incident occurred Sunday morning at the intersection...
    Two members of the Minnesota national guard sustained minor injuries after being shot at in Minneapolis on Sunday, local authorities said.  Early Sunday morning, a white SUV rolled up and fired shots at a Minnesota National Guard and a law enforcement team who were providing neighborhood security, Fox9 reported.  One guardsman was hit by shattered glass when a bullet hit...
    A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting, according to state law enforcement officials. The shooting happened at approximately 4:19 a.m. near Penn Avenue and Broadway in Minneapolis, as shots were fired from a light-colored SUV at an Operation Safety Net security team providing neighborhood security, the...
    Kevin McCarthy threatened to bring 'action' against California Representative Maxine Waters after she joined protesters in Minnesota on Saturday night and urged the crowd to 'get more confrontational'.  The House Republican leader warned he would do so if Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not. 'Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi...
    TWO Minnesota National Guards were hurt in a drive-by shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning. The shooting came hours after Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters told protesters to "get more confrontational" if Derek Chauvin is acquitted of murder charges in his trial over the death of George Floyd. 3Members of the Minnesota National Guard stand guard are seen...
    A team of Minnesota National Guard members and Minneapolis police officers were targeted in a drive-by shooting in the city early Sunday, authorities said. Two guardsmen suffered minor injuries when someone in a light-colored SUV fired at the “neighborhood security team” at around 4:19 a.m. in Minneapolis, the Minnesota National Guard said in a statement.  One guardsman was treated at...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tensions are high around the Twin Cities Sunday night, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling for calm as jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial are expected to be handed the case Monday. “Minnesotans I think know we can’t go through what we went through in May and June, and those folks who are out there asking...
    Two guardsmen were injured early Sunday morning when someone fired at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team, the Minnesota National Guard said. According to the Minnesota National Guard, the shooting occurred around 4:19 a.m., when someone in a light-colored SUV opened fire on an Operation Safety Net security team that was watching over the neighborhood....
    Two Minnesota National Guardsmen have been injured following a drive-by shooting that occurred in Minneapolis during the early morning hours Sunday. MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL MOVES TOWARD UNARMED TRAFFIC ENFORCERS AFTER DAUNTE WRIGHT SHOOTING According to Minnesota National Guard spokesman Liutenant Colonel Scott Hawks, a team of Minnesota National Guardsmen and Minneapolis police officers were fired at by a light colored SUV at around...
    (CNN)A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis police team were fired upon in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning, the state National Guard said in a news release. The team was providing neighborhood security in Minneapolis when, at about 4:19 a.m. local time (5:19 a.m. ET), a light colored SUV drove by and several shots were fired.No team members were seriously injured,...
    The Minnesota National Guard said some of its members came under fire in northern Minneapolis on Sunday morning. “A @MNNationalGuard and @MinneapolisPD neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting near Penn Avenue and Broadway in Minneapolis,” the guard tweeted just before 11:00 a.m.: A @MNNationalGuard and @MinneapolisPD neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota National Guard said someone fired at members in north Minneapolis early Sunday morning. The guard said its members, along with Minneapolis police officers, were “providing neighborhood security” near Penn and Broadway avenues when someone fired shots from a white SUV. It happened around 4:20 a.m. No one was seriously injured, but two guard members had...
    BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota — The National Guard and local Minneapolis groups throughout the week de-escalated the protests that followed the police shooting of Daunte Wright, preventing riots similar to those following the death of George Floyd. The protests, which entered their sixth day on Friday, have tapered off since now-resigned Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter shot Wright during a...
    BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota — The National Guard has locked down the Minneapolis metropolitan area as law enforcement prepares for a fourth night of protests following the shooting of Daunte Wright. Troop transport trucks and Humvees on Wednesday morning barricaded the inside of the fenced-off perimeter surrounding the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Inside, guardsmen armed with unloaded weapons roamed around...
    Los Angeles’ top law enforcement officials say they are ready to call on the National Guard for help as they brace for protests over the upcoming verdict in the trial of a former Minnesota police officer charged with murdering George Floyd and over another recent police killing in that state. “We are inquiring with all our law enforcement partners as...
    Loading the player... The National Guard was deployed to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday night after hundreds of protesters gathered over the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Black man by a police officer during a traffic stop. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz confirmed the victim as Daunte Wright. The incident occurred about 10 miles from where now-former police officer Derek...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota National Guard says its soldiers and airmen are ready to answer the call for whatever arises during the Derek Chauvin trial. Some members have already been activated, with more expected soon as opening statements start Monday. They say lessons learned could help keep our streets safe. Members of the Minnesota National Guard first answered the...
    Mara H. Gottfried writes in the Pioneer Press: “Law enforcement agencies have been planning for the trial for the last eight months in an effort called Operation Safety Net, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Monday. It’s guided by ‘prevention of damage to property and crimes,’ and ensuring the rights of those who want to peacefully assemble and demonstrate, he...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota National Guard has stepped up in a big way to keep the state’s vaccination plan on track. Thousands of people will keep their vaccination appointments this weekend thanks to the Guard recovering a misdirected shipment. The shipment scheduled for Friday morning showed up at MSP Airport at 7 p.m. instead. On short notice, volunteers with...
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    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is preemptively activating the National Guard ahead of February's trial for one of the police officers who has been arrested in connection with the death of George Floyd. The governor warned that the trial, which is set to begin on March 8, could lead to “civil unrest” in Minneapolis and the surrounding area, in an executive...
    Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Friday to activate the state’s national guard ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s upcoming trial, numerous sources reported.  The order will allow for the soldiers to begin preparing security ahead of the March 8 trial, and soldiers could be on the ground in roughly two weeks, a spokesperson for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gov. Tim Walz on Friday signed an executive order to activate the Minnesota National Guard to prepare for the “potential of civil unrest” during former MPD officer Derek Chauvin’s trial next month. The order allows for the guards to start preparing security measures for the trial, coordinating with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, both of which...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new executive order signed Monday by President Joe Biden has reversed a Trump-era ban on transgender service in the military. Sgt. Sebastian Nemic joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2011, and realized he was transgender in 2013. “It was a big relief, even though for me I was grandfathered in under the old policy,” Nemic said....
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