Pawlenty Calls for Help of N’tl Guard in Mille Lacs Drowning

Friday, November 14th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Saint Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today signed Emergency Executive Order 08-17, directing the Minnesota National Guard to assist the Mille Lacs County Sheriff in a search and recovery operation on Lake Mille Lacs. On October 29, 2008, a person was reported missing and presumed drowned. The Mille Lacs County Sheriff has requested National Guard resources to continue its efforts to locate the missing person.


TIM PAWLENTY, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Minnesota Constitution and applicable laws, do hereby issue this emergency executive order:

WHEREAS, on or about October 29, 2008, a person was reported missing in the Mille Lacs Lake area and presumed drowned; and

WHEREAS, on October 30, 2008, a boat was found on the North shore of Lake Mille Lacs; and

WHEREAS, Mille Lacs County does not have adequate local resources for providing search and recovery operations; and

WHEREAS, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff has requested the Minnesota National Guard to provide remains recovery assistance; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby order that:

1. The Adjutant General of Minnesota order to state active duty on or around November 15, 2008, in the service of the State, such personnel and equipment of the military forces of the State as required and for such period of time as necessary to provide remains recovery assistance in Mille Lacs County.

2. The Adjutant General is authorized to purchase, lease or contract goods or services necessary to accomplish the mission.

3. The cost of subsistence, transportation, fuel, pay and allowances of personnel shall be defrayed from the general fund of the State, as provided for in Minnesota Statutes 2006, Sections 192.49, 192.52 and 192.54.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 4.035, Subdivision 2, this Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until such date as elements of the military forces of the State are no longer required.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have set my hand this 14th day of November, 2008.

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