ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State address (all times local):
A son of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is tweeting that his dad is “doing great” after he collapsed while delivering his State of the State address.
Eric Dayton, one of the 69-year-old Democrat’s two sons, also tweeted that Dayton was doing “a very advanced puzzle” with his grandson Hugo. Eric Dayton added: “So that has to be a good sign!”
Dayton fell and struck his head on a lectern about three-fourths of the way through the speech Monday night in the Minnesota House chamber. A state senator who is also a paramedic was among those who went to Dayton’s aid, and said the governor was joking about it soon afterward.
A spokesman for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the 69-year-old Democrat walked out of the Capitol under his own power minutes after he collapsed while delivering his State of the State speech.
Linden Zakula (ZAK’-yoo-luh) gave the update in a text message to The Associated Press. It’s the first official word on Dayton’s status since the governor fell during a joint address to legislators in the Minnesota House.
Two other lawmakers said earlier that Dayton was moving around, and one said he was joking about the incident.
A Minnesota legislator who is also a paramedic says Gov. Mark Dayton was acting normally and poking fun at himself just minutes after he collapsed while delivering his State of the State speech.
Sen. Dan Schoen went to help the governor after the scare Monday evening before a joint session of the Minnesota Legislature.
Schoen says an ambulance came but left without Dayton, a 69-year-old Democrat.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed while delivering the State of the State address on Monday.
The 69-year-old Democratic governor appeared conscious as he was helped into a back room about five minutes later.
Dayton previously fainted at a campaign event last year. His staff faulted overheating and dehydration for the incident.
Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to lay out his vision for 2017 and beyond.
The Democratic governor was set to deliver his State of the State address Monday evening at the state Capitol. It’s back to normal for the annual speech after it was moved to the University of Minnesota last year due to ongoing renovations at the Capitol.
Dayton’s ideas for how to handle a $1.4 billion budget surplus will likely clash with the Republicans who control both chambers of the Legislature for his final two years in office. GOP lawmakers haven’t started assembling their own proposals yet.
A final look at the state’s forecast next month will solidify the budget picture and set the Legislature’s major work for the year in motion.
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