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Forum staff reports, Published March 16 2010

Minnesota National Guard activated for flood duty

ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty has activated the Minnesota National Guard for the 2010 flood fight through his executive order declaring a state of emergency in 28 Minnesota counties affected by flooding.

More than 280 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry have been alerted and are prepared to move to the Red River Valley if requested by local authorities.

The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the governor, will provide assistance in support of local flood fighting efforts.