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Governor Mark Dayton will be admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Thursday to undergo surgery on his lower back, the Associated Press reports.

The procedure involves fusing a vertebrae in an area that is shifting out of alignment. The condition is caused by normal wear and tear as he ages.

The 65-year-old should be out of the hospital by Monday and will recuperate at the Governor's Residence in St. Paul.

Dayton's spokeswoman Katherine Tinucci tells the Star Tribune that Dayton will work from home, handling the day-to-day business of the state as well as trying to prepare his budget and tax proposal.

All public events through the first two weeks of January have been canceled including the Jan. 8 start of the legislative session and the traditional gubernatorial address at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 9.

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