MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

Categories: Military, Police
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Can you spot the military helicopter flying above downtown Minneapolis in this picture?
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.

That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement training.

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Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

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Bad timing: Helicopter exercises rile Twin Cities same day Obama questions police militarization

Categories: Military, Police
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A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building last night.
:::: UPDATE :::: MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

Last night, people in Minneapolis and St. Paul were surprised and scared to see and hear helicopters flying at low altitudes above them.

Folks took to the interwebs to wonder, what the hell is going on? The intrigue was especially thick because local authorities had given no advance warning about whatever was taking place.

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Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTOS]

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Surprise reunion of soldier and his wife at Wild game will make you cry happy tears [VIDEO]

Categories: Love, Military, Wild
The Minnesota Wild helped make Jamie Jenn's birthday very special.

Jenn thought she was taking part in a run of the mill intermission contest last night when, out of nowhere, the scoreboard's video feed was interrupted by her husband, Crystal native Specialist Nick Jenn, who's currently on leave from his third tour of duty in Kuwait.

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Wisconsin soldier suspended for controversial casket photo

Categories: Military
Photos posted to Facebook by Specialist Terry Harrison have created a firestorm of negativity and resulted in the Madison-based National Guard soldier's suspension.

SEE ALSO: 9/11 truthers run full-page ad in City Pages

The photo Harrison shared of her National Guard Honor Guard (visible at the top of this page) ignited the controversy. But as that photo spread around the internet, this similarly objectionable post also came to light:

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Rick Nolan gets into "heated exchange" with John Kerry for comparing Syria to Vietnam

Categories: Military, Politics
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Nolan is "vehemently opposed to a military strike" in Syria.
Democratic northern Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan has emerged as one of the most staunch opponents of President Obama's desire to launch some sort of military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

SEE ALSO: Rick Nolan says he's expected to spend twice as much time fundraising as on actual legislative work

According to a Politico report, during a conference call yesterday in which Secretary of State John Kerry tried to sell members of Congress on the necessity of a military strike, Nolan and Kerry got into a "heated" exchange after Nolan compared Syria to Vietnam. Kerry, of course, was wounded while serving there.

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Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

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This flag, currently on display in St. Paul, ain't going anywhere, Dayton said.
During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnesota soldiers during the 1863 battle.

SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchild

The Virginia 28th's blood-stained, bullet-pierced flag is currently on display at the Minnesota History Center, but some Virginians, including Governor Bob McDonnell, want it returned to its state of origin.

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Minnesota pilot killed in Afghanistan plane crash [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

Categories: Military, Tragedy
Video of the crash shows Lipka's plane stalling in midair before it falls out of the sky and crashes.
Jeremy Lipka, a 37-year-old native of Pine Island, Minnesota, was one of seven people killed in a plane crash outside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Monday.

SEE ALSO: Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTOS]

Lipka was a civilian contractor who flew cargo planes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The plane he was piloting on Monday crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board.

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World War II bomb found in Lyn-Lake

Not a picture of the actual mortar found in Minneapolis
A World War II-vintage Japanese mortar (right) was found in a Lyn-Lake wall, of all places.
Barack Obama is worried about guns on Minneapolis streets, but maybe he should be concerned about bombs, too.

SEE ALSO: Mitt Romney's Minnesota F-bomb

When they took down a wall as part of a renovation project, homeowners near West Lake Street and Aldrich Avenue South thankfully didn't get a blast from the past, though they were in for a huge surprise.

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Minnesota leads U.S. in National Guard suicides since 2008

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Government data shows that National Guard soliders -- even those who haven't deployed -- are particularly susceptible to suicide.
More Minnesota National Guard soldiers have committed suicide since 2008 than those from any other state.

SEE ALSO: Blake Page, West Point cadet, quits academy to protest "unconstitutional proselytism"

That grim tidbit was contained in an extensive report on Texas National Guard suicides put together by the Austin American-Statesman and published over the weekend.

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Post Office apologizes for returning woman's letter to Iraq-based son with "DECEASED" stamp

Categories: Military, Sad
Not only did the Postal Service not deliver her letter, but they incorrectly told Najbar her son was dead to boot.
In September 2006, Duluth resident Joan Najbar sent a letter to her son, Sam Eininger, a National Guard solider who was stationed in Iraq. The next month, her letter was returned, unopened, but adorned with this stamp: "DECEASED"

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Fortunately, Najbar had been in touch regularly with her son, including a phone conversation the night before the letter was returned. But still, considering Eininger was still alive, that's a pretty outrageous and traumatic fuck-up.

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