Dayton calls out to ailing Grams, thanks former opponent for service

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Though they were once foes in a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2000, Gov. Mark Dayton has reached out to the ailing former Sen. Rod Grams, now that the latter is in hospice care.

Dayton provided a statement to the Star Tribune, which reported Saturday that Dayton made a phone call to Grams and said they had a "very cordial conversation."

The Morrison County Record, while noting that Grams and his wife still own a radio station in Little Falls, adds that in April 2012, Grams was diagnosed with cancer, and is in Stage 4 of the disease.

Grams, 65, served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 – 2001. The Republican lost his chance at re-election to Democrat Dayton.

"I thanked him for his dedicated public service, as both a U.S. Senator and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and also for his civic contributions as a private citizen," Dayton said. "My heart goes out to him and his family. We had a good battle, an honorable contest."

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