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In this undated file photo, then Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito addresses an audience during a Memorial Day ce-remony in Woodbury. Tribune photo

Shellito plans to reach out to Minn. vets

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ST. PAUL -- Larry Shellito commanded thousands of Minnesota National Guard troops the past seven years, including those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but now faces a different kind of battle.

As the newly named Minnesota Veterans' Affairs Department commissioner, the 65-year-old retired major general said that his major task will be making sure the state's veterans know his agency can help them.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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