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Full-scale exercise readies Red Cross and its partners for disaster response

Story by Dan Williams, Executive Director, American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota

Disaster response training is serious business for a wide range of players. Government, military, hospitals, schools, and non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, are among them. 1,042 more words

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Minnesota National Guard Unit Returns Home After 9-Month Deployment

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a big welcome home Saturday for a Minnesota National Guard unit who spent nine months deployed to Egypt.

Forty-two men and women with the 204th Area Support Medical Company arrived home to family and friends at Century College in White Bear Lake. 25 more words

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Minn. Nat'l Guard Going Through Special 'Vigilant Guard' Program

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some National Guard crews are going through special training this week. It’s called the “Vigilant Guard” program.

Three different Minnesota cities are hosting the training this year: Duluth, St. 126 more words

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GOP Lawmakers Call To Arm More Military Members

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Top Minnesota Republicans lawmakers on Monday called on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to issue an executive order allowing active Minnesota military members to carry weapons in public. 392 more words

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Sen. Franken Speaks Out Against Payday Loans In St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Efforts are under way to crack down on the types of loans that offer quick cash, but exorbitant interest rates. 121 more words

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3 indicted over alleged recruiting scheme at Minnesota National Guard

Federal indictments handed down Wednesday say three Minnesota National Guard members fraudulently took bonus money by claiming they’d  recruited new Guard members.

Two current and one former Guard members are charged with wire fraud, … 204 more words

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Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Heading Out For 7-Month Deployment

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are heading out for a seven-month mobilization in Kuwait. A departure ceremony was held in Hastings Saturday for the departing men and women. 47 more words

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