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Guard event brings together Bachmann, Dayton, others

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...1 / 4
Before hitting the campaign trail the day before the election, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton chat before the installation ceremony of new Minnesota Adjutant General Richard Nash. Republican Bachmann is seeking re-election and Democrat Dayton is running for governor. They are political opposites, but carried on a pleasant conversation Monday. Behind them are Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, left, and Attorney General Lori Swanson. Don Davis photo.2 / 4
Gen. Larry Shellito, right, watches his replacement as Minnesota adjutant general take the oath of office Monday. Gen. Richard Nash replaces Shellito, who lived in Woodbury. Don Davis photo.3 / 4
Gen. Richard Nash accepts his appointment Monday 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 1972.4 / 4

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.

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