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Walz declares peacetime emergency for National Guard assistance to stranded motorists

The Renville County Sheriff’s Department requested that the Minnesota National Guard assist with the rescue of stranded motorists.

A white Chevrolet Suburban is stuck in a snow drift between farm groves on Nobles County 12, west of Worthington, Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2022.
A white Chevrolet Suburban is stuck in a snow drift between farm groves on Nobles County 12, west of Worthington, Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2022.
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ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency today, issuing Executive Order 22-33 to provide National Guard assistance to stranded motorists in southwest Minnesota.

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"I am incredibly grateful that the National Guard has answered this call to action, and I’m confident that they have the right personnel and resources for this mission," Walz said in a release.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Department requested that the Minnesota National Guard assist with the rescue of stranded motorists and provide local armories as emergency shelters. Executive Order 22-23 will allow the National Guard to provide assistance and resources to Minnesotans impacted by the storm.

This week’s powerful winter storm with heavy snowfall, strong winds, and extreme cold temperatures has created blizzard conditions in Minnesota, closing roads and threatening public safety. These dangerous conditions have resulted in stranded vehicles, placing lives and property at risk. The resources of the affected local and county governments are inadequate to meet the demands caused by these severe winter weather conditions, according to the release from the governor's office.

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