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Minnesota governor sending National Guard troops to border with North Dakota

Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzFour states report record number of new COVID-19 cases GOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Presidential race tightens in Minnesota as Trump plows resources into state MORE (D) has announced he is sending members of the state's National Guard to its border with North Dakota, citing credible threats of violence in the area.

Walz signed an executive order Wednesday to send the troops to Clay County, saying that local law enforcement had become aware of "threats that violent activities during demonstrations planned in North Dakota could spill into nearby Minnesota communities."

“The Minnesota National Guard stands ready to provide protection for all Minnesotans,” Walz added in a statement. “While Minnesotans turn their attention to rebuilding our communities and reexamining racial inequities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, our administration is committed to providing protection for our neighborhoods, businesses, and families in order for those meaningful conversations to happen.” 

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Walz did not clarify how many troops would be sent or provide any details on what constituted the “credible threat.” 

The troops will be in the area to cooperate with local agencies to provide personnel, equipment and facilities as needed. 

The Minnesota National Guard has already been activated to deal with burgeoning protests over the police killing of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Early protests at times turned violent, with a number of businesses being looted and a local police precinct being burned down.