Gov. Dayton to undergo back surgery

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will have spinal surgery Dec. 27 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the Associated Press reports.

Dayton's office announced Friday that the procedure is designed to relieve a constriction in the 65-year-old governor's lower back, and to fuse a vertebrae that is shifting out of alignment, the AP says.

Dayton hopes to be out of the hospital by Dec. 31. He plans to work from the governor's residence in St. Paul for a few weeks.

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