Gov. Dayton authorizes National Guard to help Marshall apartment fire victims

A Saturday night apartment fire in Marshall, Minn., displaced 19 residents, including many young children, so Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency there and authorized the National Guard to help the stranded residents who are staying at the local armory.

In his order, Dayton said the Lyons County Sheriff’s office requested the aid, because the resources of the “local and county governments were inadequate to meet the demands generated by the immediate sheltering needs.”

The order says the cost of “subsistence, transportation, fuel, pay and allowances” for the military personnel assisting in the effort “shall be defrayed from the general fund of the State.”

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