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National Guard aiding fire fight

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May 16, 2013 at 6:27 am

MENAHGA, Minn. (AP) Crews from the Minnesota National Guard are helping to suppress a wildfire near the northwestern Minnesota town of Menahga.

Army Maj. Bruce Kraemer says 22 soldiers were on active duty Wednesday to help fight the fire, including air crews and support teams.

Gov. Mark Dayton activated the Guard for fire duty Tuesday to help fight fires northwest of Red Lake. After those fires were contained, the Guard redirected two Blackhawk helicopters and a Chinook helicopter to the Park Rapids airport to help fight the fire near Menahga, which started Tuesday afternoon.

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