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Walz activates National Guard to help blizzard-stranded motorists

A number of motorists have been stranded in Renville County.
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The Minnesota National Guard has been activated to provide help to motorists left stranded in Wednesday's blizzard.

The National Guard will be used in Renville and Martin counties, and may be activated in more depending on the circumstances.

In Renville County, south-central Minnesota, two major highways have been closed due to blizzard conditions, with a number of drivers stranded on the roads due to the combination of heavy snow and high winds.

The National Guard is opening its Armory in Olivia to be used as a temporary shelter.

It's also sending out a small unit support vehicle (SUSV), which is being used to rescue those stranded in Martin County.

It's also opened its Fairmont Armory for stranded motorists.

Problems continue on other roads in Minnesota, with spinouts, crashes, and pileups reported across the state.

I-94 was closed in both directions earlier on Wednesday afternoon, and even though it reopened to traffic, it closed 45 minutes later after more crashes.

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