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Dayton surgery to remove cancer goes 'as planned'

Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's prostate-removal surgery was successful Thursday, March 2, his office reported.

"Gov. Dayton's surgery went as planned," Dayton's Deputy Chief of Staff Linden Zakula said. "The procedure concluded at approximately 11:30 this morning. The governor is resting comfortably at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As he recovers, he will be joined by his family and remain at the hospital overnight."

Dayton was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month and opted to have the prostate removed over other treatment options.

The governor, who is 70, earlier said the operation was expected to take two hours. However, his staff said he learned upon arriving at Mayo that it would take longer.

The surgery began at 7 a.m. He arrived at Mayo Wednesday night.

Dayton told reporters earlier this week that he expected to return home to St. Paul on Saturday and to be at work Monday. However, he said he may work at home or at the Capitol.

The governor's office has said Dayton will remain in touch with aides while in Rochester.

Dayton has said that he had no pain associated with his prostate issue.

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.