Minnesota National Guard activated for Red River flood response

Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms battalion - 136th Infantry based out of Moorhead, Minnesota respond to an activation by the Minneosta Governor's office to support civil authorities around the town of Oslo, Minnesota Apr. 13, 2019.

April 8, 2020 (OSLO, Minnesota) — Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-30 Tuesday, activating the Minnesota Army National Guard to provide assistance for spring flooding in Marshall County.

On Wednesday, nearly 20 Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry will mobilize to Oslo, Minnesota, to assist with monitoring levees and flood protection systems, as well as supporting potential rescue and evacuation operations.

Last April, Soldiers from the 2-136 Infantry provided support to Marshall County for two weeks, assisting residents with transportation of personnel, supplies and mail into and out of Oslo while the access road was flooded.

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