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."
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, expressed confidence today that legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton will be able to come to an agreement on a two-year budget before the May 18 adjournment date.