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Former Mayor R.T. Rybak hospitalized after heart attack

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Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been hospitalized after he had a heart attack while cross-country skiing at Theodore Wirth Park, according to WCCO.

The Pioneer Press reports that an Abbott Northwestern Hospital statement said Rybak was taken to the hospital by ambulance around 1 p.m. Saturday. Spokesman Tim Burke said Rybak had been skiing for just under 8 miles when he felt shortness of breath and chest pain.

MPR News reprinted the statement from Abbott Northwestern.

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department about 1 p.m. today by ambulance complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains after cross-country skiing 7.7 miles in Theodore Wirth Park.
He was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents. He is now resting comfortably.

Family is with him at the hospital this afternoon and asks that their privacy be respected today.

KARE 11 reports both Rybak's father and grandfather suffered from serious heart problems.

Rybak, 58, did not seek re-election to a fourth term as mayor last year, after serving 12 years. His final term officially ended at midnight on Wednesday.

He recently was named the head of Generation Next. The group is a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders that is working to close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

Betsy Hodges was sworn in as mayor on Thursday.

Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement, which was reprinted in City Pages Saturday.

On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my very best wishes to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his family. We all pray for his swift and complete recovery. Our thanks go to the emergency responders and medical personnel, whose talents and training made the critical difference in the life of this outstanding leader, who has given so much to the people of Minneapolis and all of Minnesota.

Rybak's Facebook page was flooded with well-wishes.

But the former mayor, known as a prolific tweeter, seems to be having the last word. He's been tweeting about his day from his hospital room.

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