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Forum News Service, Published May 30 2013

Minnesota National Guard technicians to take furloughs

DULUTH, Minn. - More than 1,100 Minnesota National Guard technicians will be furloughed this summer.

Technicians will be required to take one day off unpaid each week for 11 weeks, from July 15 through the end of September. For affected employees it amounts to a 20 percent pay cut during those 2½ months.

The furloughs are due to the Department of Defense-directed automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. The National Guard began notifying the technicians of the furloughs this week.

Statewide, about 2,100 full-time military personnel support the activities of the Minnesota National Guard, and 1,118 are technicians subject to furlough.

“While the Minnesota National Guard is required by law to follow this Department of Defense furlough policy, it is important that the people of Minnesota know that our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen remain ready to respond in the event of a state or federal emergency,” Lt. Col. Jon Lovald said in a statement.