Gov. Mark Dayton is awake and recovering from spinal surgery Thursday, his staff reports.
Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic operated on the 65-year-old governor's lower back to repair a painful condition known as stenosis.
"Governor Dayton is now out of surgery and awake," spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said in a brief statement. "Dr. Jeremy Fogelson, the surgeon who performed the procedure, reports that the surgery went as planned, without any complications to report."
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.