DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to have spinal surgery today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The governor is have the operation to relieve a condition called "stenosis" that causes constriction on part of the spine and to fuse a vertebrae that has shifted out of alignment.
According to to the governor's office, Dayton is expected to spend the weekend in Rochester recovering and plans to leave the hospital on Monday. He will then spend the next couple of weeks working from home at the Governor's Residence as he recuperates. As a result, public events that had been planned for early January are being rescheduled.
Dayton's surgery comes less than two weeks before the start of the 2013 legislative session on Jan. 8
UPDATE: Governor's Spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said Dayon is out of surgery and awake. Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Fogelson performed the procedure and reported there were no complications.