Out of hospital, Dayton to spend a few weeks recuperating

  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 11:25 PM
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Gov. Mark Dayton has checked out of Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is headed home for a few weeks of recuperation from back surgery.

Spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci says the governor was released Tuesday morning. He had originally planned to check out on Monday but stayed an extra night to allow for additional recovery.

Dayton, who turns 66 in a few weeks, had surgery Thursday to relieve a constriction in his lower back. The condition, known as stenosis, is caused by normal wear and tear on the spine. Dayton had been walking with a noticeable limp before the surgery.

Dayton has canceled public appearances for the next few weeks while he recuperates at the governor's residence in St. Paul.

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