Minnesota Governor Collapses During State of the State Address

Minnesota Governor Collapses During State of the State Address

The governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, collapsed while giving the State of the State speech there Monday night, but state officials said he “quickly recovered.”

Dayton had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the state capital when the incident occurred.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapses 45 minutes into delivering his State of the State address in St. Paul.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapses 45 minutes into delivering his State of the State address in St. Paul.

Further details were not immediately available, but his son, Eric, tweeted a short time later that his father was “doing great.”


In a statement, the governor’s chief of staff said that Dayton “quickly recovered” after fainting.

“Tonight, Governor Dayton briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol, and returned home,” Chief of Staff Jaime Tincher said.

“EMTs joined the Governor there, and performed a routine check. He is now spending time with his son and grandson.”


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