Minnesota National Guard called upon to help stranded drivers
OLIVIA, Minn. (KMSP) -
Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an emergency executive order to officially authorize the use of the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Olivia, Minn. as a shelter for stranded drivers this past Sunday.
Renville County, which is about 100 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, was under a blizzard warning until midnight Sunday. Wind gusts of 40 mph combined with more than a foot of snow created whiteout conditions.
Highway 212 and Highway 71 were shut down during the snowstorm. Stranded drivers scrambled to get hotel rooms, with others taking shelter at the National Guard Armory in Olivia.
Dayton's office does not believe anyone remains stranded.