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Meteorologist Keith Marler returns to FOX 9 after months away for health reason

Monday was his first day back on the job since mid-July.

Twin Cities meteorologist Keith Marler was back on TV Monday morning for the first time in months following a challenging inner-ear issue. 

Marler, who serves as the morning meteorologist at FOX 9, announced at the end of October that his absence since July was related to vertigo and other issues caused by an inner-ear issue. 

"Back to work! Back to wearing a tie! Back to an alarm clock & shaving! Ahhhh ...only on-air an hour per day as I ease back into my schedule, slowly building in the days and weeks to come," Marler tweeted after his Monday shift. "Getting through Day 1 was the biggest hurdle for my ole brain, but I think it went well."

Marler announced Oct. 30 that the issue went from lasting days that "turned into weeks and weeks turned into months."

He said he "discovered that the pathway to health wasn’t a straight line...and my pace along that path was more of a slow and meandering mosey...always ambling along in roughly the right direction, but with occasional slow downs, side-trips, and even a couple of frustrating backtracks."

His inner-ear issue crept up in July, with the longtime weatherman announcing July 20 that he had gone through numerous medical checks after his inner-ear went "hay-wire," describing it as vertigo that "hit like a truck for a couple days." 

Marler has been at FOX 9 since 2003. 

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