ST. PAUL, Minn. â€” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was taken to a hospital for testing after fainting Sunday during an event in the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, his chief of staff said.
Jaime Tincher said in a statement that Dayton felt â€œincreased pressure in his lower backâ€ while speaking at the volunteer recognition event, which the statement described as â€œvery crowded and hot.â€ He fainted and was taken to Regions Hospital â€œfor further testing,â€ Tincher said.
The 69-year-old was to remain in the hospital overnight as a precaution.
The governor â€œis resting comfortably and joking with family, doctors, and staff,â€ Tincher said.
Bob Hume, a senior adviser to Dayton, told the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press the most likely culprit was dehydration.
He also had had hip surgery in 2014 to alleviate chronic pain.