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CELEBRATING THEIR 65TH CLASS REUNION was the OHS Class of 1945 on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Mata- dor Supper Club in Ortonville. Pictured in front, from left to right are Alice (Scliwandt) Holtquist, Arlene (Von Eschen) Wiese, Carol (Oestreich) Bombeck and Shirley (Oswood) Heffernan. Back row left to right are Kath- leen (Roelke) Peoples, William Miller, Ed Kiernat and Jean (Brown) Sargent. Minnesota apple growers say the 2010 harvest has, arrived about a week to 10 days earlier this year due to the warm spring and recent warm weather. Customers looking for a favorite vari- ety are advised to call ahead to time their trip. Minnesota is known for the undis- puted quality and variety of its fresh apples such as Haralson, Zestar and HoneycriSp-all very popular fruit de- veloped by the University of Min- nesota. Those varieties ~ste great, and they thrive in our harsh climate-cold winters and hot summers. There are more than 100 commercial apple or- chards that harvest fruit for sale at retail stores and for customers who want to pick their own. Minnesota apple grow- ers literally brave hail and high winds to bring us all the "fruits of their labor." With apples, timing is everything. Apple growers generally have only a few weeks to harvest each variety, and the 2009 harvest included very few fall Weekends without rain. For growers that rely on pick-your-own customers, that makes the 2010 picking season particularly important. The Minnesota Apple Growers As- sociation publishes a brochure that in- cludes estimated harvest dates (available at the State Fair in the Agri- culture/Horticulture Building). They estimated the average statewide harvest date for Zestar at Aug. 18 (compared to Aug. 30 last year). Honeycrisp is esti- mated to arrive in early to mid-Sep- tember- about five to 10 days ahead of schedule. Zestar apples are now being har- vested at Apple Ridge Orchard near Rochester. Grower Vince Steffen says his crop was ready at least a week ahead of average. Center Creek Orchard near Fair- mont plans to open Labor Day week- end. Grower Gordy Toupal says he has one of his best crops ever. Rick Kluzak of Wild Fruits Farm, a certified organic apple orchard near Taylors Falls, says the picking season will definitely vary from region to re- gion. "If there is one message for con- sumers looking for Minnesota apples this year-it is call ahead and get out early." Governor Tim Pawlenty recently announced the appointment of Major General Richard C. Nash to be the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota Na- tional Guard. Major General Nash suc- ceeds Major General Larry Shellito who announced his retirement in June. The Adjutant General is the admin- istrative head of the Minnesota De- partment of Military Affairs and the leader of the Minnesota National Guard. Minnesota has the nation's fifth largest National Guard, with more than 14,000 members operating in 63 facil- ities throughout the state. Since 2003, the Minnesota National Guard has de- ployed more than 18,000 Citizen-Sol- diers in support of military operations around the world. The Guard also as- I sists local authorities during natural disasters at the direction of the Gover- nor. "Major General Rick Nash is a strong, seasoned, and conscientious leader of the Minnesota National Guard and he will be a tremendous Ad- jutant General;" Governor Pawlenty said. "Whether fighting floods at home or fighting for freedom around the world, Major General Nash under- stands the multiple missions the Min- nesota National Guard. He has a proven track record and will continue the tremendous work of Major General Larry Shellito in leading theMinnesota Army and Air National Guard in the fu- ture ." Nash is currently the Commander of the 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division headquartered in Rosemount. He led more than 1,200 Citizen-Soldiers rep- resenting 273 Minnesota communities and 14 states who deployed with the Red Bulls during an historic 12-m0nth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and 2010. The Red Bulls provided command and con- trol of military forces in the southern third of Iraq and led a force of approx- imately 14,000 U.S. service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces. Nash's military service began with his enlistment into the Infantry in 1972. Prior to his current assignment, He served as Special Assistant to the Com- batant Commander, North American Aerospace Command, United States Northern Command. He also served as the commanding general for the Min- nesota National Guard's peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia in 2003-2004. More than 1,100 members of the Min- nesota Army National Guard ~vere de- ployed in support of the mission. Nash had a successful 32-year ca- reer in the construction industry as well as continuing a successful military ca- reer as a traditional Guardsman in the Minnesrta National Guard. He has been awarded 10 patents as the sole or co:inventor of manufacturing equip- ment that has revolutionized the process of producing pre-stress con- crete construction components. Nash's awards include Defense Su- perior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal, Army Commenda- tion Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Medal. His Minnesota awards include the Commendation Ribbon with Pen- dant, State Active Duty Ribbon, and Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon. Nash earned his Bachelor of Sci- ence degree from Mankato State Uni- versity and graduated from the Army War College. Originally from Jordan, Nash and his wife Jeanette now reside in New Prague. They have a son, Ryan, and daughter, Kelly. "I am humbled. I couldn't be more honored to lead the fine men and women of the Minnesota National Guard," stated Nash. Approximately 2,700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers will deploy for operations throughout Kuwait and Iraq in 2011. The Department of De- fense announced earlier this year that the Minnesota Army National Guard's Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Com-, bat Team, 34th Infantry Division, has been alerted to prepare for a deploy- ment in support of Operation New Dawn, the drawdown phase of Opera- tion Iraqi Freedom. General Shellito will end his current seven-year term as Adjutant General on Oct. 31,2010. Over his 37-year career in the Minnesota National Guard, Shel- lito served in many capacities includ- ing command assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and division levels. General Shellito was instrumental in establishing the state's nation-leading "Beyond the Yel- low Ribbon" initiative, which is now the foundation of a national program to reintegrate National Guard and Re- serve military service members fol- lowing deployments. Nash was selected as a finalist by a search committee appointed byGover, nor Pawlenty when General Shellito announced his retirement. Retired Lt. General H. Steven Blum served as the chair of the search committee. He was the Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command from 2008 to 2010, and served as the Chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2008. "On behalfof the Search Commit- tee, we are confident Major General Rick Nash will be a strong leader for the Minnesota National Guard in the years to come,'! said Lt. General (Re- tired) H. Steven Blum. "General Nash has been a tremendous leader for the state of Minnesota and our country." "I want to thank Chairman Lt. 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