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Politics makes strange seat-fellows, as shown during the Monday installation ceremony for new Minnesota Adjutant General Richard Nash. From left, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Democratic governor candidate Mark Dayton and former Republican Gov. Al Quie sit in the front row. Some political observers think Bachmann may challenge Klobuchar in two years. The four looked like they were old friends as they talked before the event, even though they carry very differe...

Guard event brings together Bachmann, Dayton, others

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Guard event brings together Bachmann, Dayton, others
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One day before the election, Minnesota politicians of all stripes gathered to mark the installation of a new National Guard leader.

At a Minnesota Capitol ceremony Monday, Gen. Richard Nash accepted his appointment as Minnesota adjutant general to lead the state 14,000-member National Guard.

Nash, a major general, spent 32 years in the construction industry as well as a Guard commander. The Army drafted him in 1972. Nash replaces Gen. Larry Shellito.

The ceremony was the rare event that found GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann seated between Democrats U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mark Dayton, the former U.S. senator who is hoping to win the governor's race Tuesday.