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Dayton Postpones Mayo Surgery to Attend Mondale Funeral

Created: 02/04/2014 11:03 AM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Governor Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has postponed hip surgery at Mayo Clinic to attend the funeral of Joan Mondale.

It will be the 67-year-old governor's third procedure at the Rochester clinic since taking office, following back surgery in December 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.   

Dayton will have to wear a brace for up to three months which his office says could restrict some travel. Dayton says it will not affect his job or his plan to run for re-election this fall.

Monday night Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died less than a week after entering hospice.

Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.

Dayton's office says he will undergo surgery next week.