US Department of Defense sequestration budget cuts will force hundreds of Minnesota National Guard technicians to take unpaid time off. Around 1,100 technicians were being notified Wednesday that they must take one unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks. The furloughs are to begin July 15th and stretch through September. The technicians support more than 10,000 soldiers in the Minnesota Army National Guard and the Minnesota Air National Guard. Officials say that despite the furlough policy, the soldiers and airmen remain ready for a state or federal emergency.