STOCK PHOTO: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan speak before Senator Amy Klobuchar takes the stage to announce her 2020 presidential bid Feb. 10, 2019. Photo by Lorie Shaull

Gov. Tim Walz thanks emergency responders, snow plow drivers following winter storm

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Governor Tim Walz yesterday thanked Minnesota’s snowplow drivers, the State Patrol, the National Guard and emergency responders across the state for their work keeping Minnesotans safe during this week’s winter storm.

“I am immensely grateful to the snowplow drivers, state troopers, first responders, and members of the Minnesota National Guard for working tirelessly to provide aid to Minnesotans and making sure our roads and highways are as safe as possible,” said Governor Walz. “I am proud of this coordinated effort to keep Minnesotans across the state safe. The state stands ready to provide further assistance as we continue to weather this storm together.”

Since Tuesday, thousands of state and local snowplow drivers have reportedly worked “day and night” to clear snow and keep highways as safe as possible for emergency travel.

In the past three days, the State Patrol has responded to 3,182 calls to 911, and 100 percent of the calls were answered within 20 seconds. Minnesota State Troopers have also responded to dozens of crashes and spinouts.

According to a release, the National Guard has been stationed across the state and is prepared to respond quickly to rescue stranded motorists or provide other assistance, at the direction of the Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and as requested by county officials.

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