National Guard ready when duty calls in southern Minnesota

60 soldiers are supporting the manning of 19 traffic controls points in Freeborn County.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 7:40 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 10:45 PM

The Minnesota Army National Guard was activated in southern Minnesota in response to winter storms as Gov. Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order.

Throughout the evening soldiers arrived, with 134 working through the night providing traffic control with police while workers performed restoration maintenance on power lines.

Friday afternoon 30 soldiers were supporting the manning of five traffic control points in Mower County. 60 soldiers were supporting the manning of 19 traffic control points in Freeborn County. The remaining personnel was providing maintenance, as well as delivering fuel and food to soldiers.

Dylan Kriese was one of the soldiers called to duty.

“I'm very excited ... to be able to help out and do the thing that I enlisted to do," Said Kriese.

This is the third State of Emergency for the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2019.

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