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Minnesota Guard assists in Governor Daytons Inauguration Ceremony

Mark Dayton took the Oath of Office on Monday as Minnesota's 40th Governor during a ceremony at St Paul's Landmark Center 

As the new Commander-In-Chief of the Minnesota National Guard, Governor Dayton was escorted into the ceremony by Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Minnesota's Adjutant General

Dayton used his inaugural address to call on Minnesotans to get our state working again by working together In particular, Dayton urged Legislators to work collaboratively to find common ground as they begin to address an enormous State budget deficit and challenging economic times that find many Minnesotans out of work or struggling to make ends meet

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"To all Minnesotans, I say:  Let's get Minnesota working again by working together," said Dayton "That is what we are called upon to do - for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren To the 201 Minnesota legislators, who will take office tomorrow, I say:  Let's get Minnesota working again by working together  That is what we were elected to do"

The Minnesota National Guard provided the Color Guard for the ceremony and the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band provided music

"Today's peaceful transfer of power is emblematic of what the Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are sworn to protect," said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Director of Public Affairs for the Minnesota National Guard "Unlike our active duty and reserve colleagues, the men and women of the National Guard take a separate oath to defend the constitution of Minnesota It was an honor to be asked by Governor Dayton to participate in the inaugural ceremony"

Dayton, a former US Senator, has a history of supporting service members and veterans based on his tenure on the Senate Armed Service Committee

Dayton laid out his priorities; jobs, a state budget that is balanced fairly, and improving government services through innovation and efficiency  He also stressed his commitment to education, saying "nothing is more essential to our state's success than providing our students with the world's best education"  Emphasizing that our student's education is a shared responsibility, Dayton asked every business in Minnesota to adopt a school, to be thoroughly involved, and to contribute to its improvement
 
"Let us dedicate ourselves to rebuilding a successful state, one that again is the envy of the nation, a leader of the world," Dayton concluded "Let it be written that we were Minnesotans who led the way to something better than before, who created something greater than ourselves, who achieved together what none of us could have accomplished on our own"
 
Also taking the Oath of Office in today's ceremony were Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, Attorney General Lori Swanson, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and State Auditor Rebecca Otto  Former Vice President Walter F Mondale served as Master of Ceremonies, and Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lori Skjerven Gildea administered Dayton's oath 

Story by Master Sgt Rich Kemp
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
3 Jan, 2010



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