Shutdown Cancels Minn. Guard Drills

Posted at: 10/04/2013 9:11 PM | Updated at: 10/04/2013 9:12 PM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Most Minnesota National Guard units have postponed or canceled drills scheduled for this weekend because of the federal government shutdown.

The National Guard's state training officer says a few units will continue to drill for specific training requirements.

Meanwhile, about 350 military technicians who work at Camp Ripley remain on furlough.

About 2,100 full-time military personnel support Minnesota National Guard activities. Of those, 1,207 are military technicians who have been furloughed since Monday.

Military technicians were not included in a bill signed by President Barack Obama authorizing payment to troops during the shutdown.

A Camp Ripley spokesman declined to comment to the St. Cloud Times on the type of work the technicians perform or how the furloughs are affecting the workload of those still working at the camp.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times

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