Michigan National Guard

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A small group of gun-toting demonstrators showed at Michigan’s Capitol Sunday, dwarfed by law enforcement on high alert after this month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Lansing mayor requests National Guard

Jan 13, 2021

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lansing’s mayor is asking the governor to activate the Michigan National Guard in the city next week.

Armed protests are expected to take place in all 50 state capitals ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Mayor Andy Schor sent the request to Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday, following warnings from the FBI that armed protests would be taking place at state capitols in the coming days.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan National Guard is assisting local health departments in offering COVID-19 testing in Munising, Newberry and St. Ignace this week. 

The first event takes place Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alger County Road Commission in Munising.

Testing in St. Ignace happens Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena.

And on Saturday testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Luce County Road Commission in Newberry.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan National Guard will assist with COVID-19 testing in six Upper Peninsula communities this week. 

On Friday testing will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in the St. Ignace Area Schools parking lot from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Kingsford Middle/High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


ONTONAGON, MI--   The Michigan National Guard is helping the Department of Natural Resources make improvements to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

The effort is part of the guard’s Innovative Readiness Training Program, which combines military skills with community resources. The 1432nd Engineer Company will provide the majority of manpower and equipment, while the DNR will provide the raw materials, project scope, and limited equipment.

The partnership will repair roadways, armor an eroding shoreline, update buildings and replace a 100-foot-long culvert.

LANSING, MI--   Following the completion Friday of testing prisoners at Michigan Reformatory in Ionia for COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Corrections has completed its goal of testing every prisoner in its system.

The department had been testing symptomatic prisoners since late March and had done well more than a thousand tests. In mid-April, the MDOC started the mass testing of several facilities on its own as a continuation of its proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus in its facilities. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Medical specialists from the Michigan National Guard are helping the Department of Corrections test U.P. prisoners for COVID-19.

Starting Monday staff will test every prisoner at the Baraga Correctional Facility, then move east across the U.P. with the goal of testing one facility each day. After Baraga the facilities to be tested include the Alger Correctional Facility, Marquette Branch Prison, the Newberry Correctional Facility, Chippewa Correctional Facility, and Kinross Correctional Facility. A total of about 7,500 prisoners will get the test.

LANSING, MI--   Beginning Monday at the Baraga Correctional Facility, medical specialists from the Michigan National Guard will assist Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff in testing every prisoner at the facility. The guard members will then move east across the U.P. with the goal of testing one facility each day.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan National Guard is helping with the management and distribution of medical supplies in the U.P. 

Six guard members are now serving at each regional logistics hub in Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette and Ontonagon. They will help to plan, distribute, and track medical supplies across Michigan.

LANSING, MI--   President Donald Trump has authorized the use of the Michigan National Guard for humanitarian purposes. 

That allows Governor Gretchen Whitmer to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions. That includes such purposes as helping run mobile screening facilities, distributing food and medical supplies, disinfecting public spaces, and supporting public safety when required.