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Minnesota National Guard Idling Military Technicians

Soldiers practice shooting at Camp Ripley (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

ST. PAUL (AP) – Roughly 1,200 military technicians who support activities of the Minnesota National Guard are being furloughed during the federal government shutdown.

Lt. Col. Jon Lovald says supervisors informed the technicians Tuesday morning that the will be out of work until further notice. The federal government’s lack of a spending resolution triggered a partial shutdown that began at midnight.

Those being sidelined are among the 2,100 full-time military support personnel at the Guard.

Lovald’s statement says that citizen-soldiers and airmen remain ready to respond in case of emergencies.

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