By Josh Moniz
---- — MANKATO – A total of 12 regional furloughed Minnesota National Guard civilian military technicians will join most of Minnesota's furloughed National Guard employees in returning to work Tuesday despite the ongoing federal government shutdown.
On Oct. 1, approximately 1,207 military technicians were furloughed in Minnesota due to federal government shutdown rules regarding "non-essential" personnel. On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the Department of Defense would interpret the Pay Our Military Act to allow most furloughed Department of Defense employees to return to work.
According to the Minnesota National Guard, all except four of the 1,207 Minnesota technicians will return to work. The remaining technicians will have to wait for the end of the federal government shutdown.
Locally, all of the 12 total regional furloughed technicians will return to work: Two technicians from the Mankato Armory, one technician from the St. Peter Armory and a total of nine technicians from both the New Ulm Armory and the Field Maintenance Shop, which are located at the same site.