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Gov. Tim Walz to transfer power during upcoming knee surgery

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, Monday, May 6, 2019, during a break in talks with House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders on setting budget targets to guide negotiations for ending the 2019 legislative session. Photo: AP/Steve Karnowski
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, Monday, May 6, 2019, during a break in talks with House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders on setting budget targets to guide negotiations for ending the 2019 legislative session.

June 17, 2019 12:36 PM

Governor Tim Walz will go under general anesthetic during a minor knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear on Thursday, resulting in a transfer of power in the governor's office. 

A release from the goveror's office states Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will discharge the powers and duties of the office during the procedure. 

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"After years of running, this minor surgery will help ensure I can hit the pavement again soon," Gov. Walz said. "I expect a smooth surgery and I have full confidence in Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to temporarily hold the power of the office while I am under anesthesia."


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Minnesota law contemplates two types of transfers of power-- expected and unexpected. This transfer of power will go as expected. 

Gov. Walz had to declare the transfer of power himself by sending a letter to House Speaker Melissa Hortman and President of the Senate Jeremy Miller, according to the release. He will then be able to reinstate himself by providing a written declaration to the leaders once he is able again to discharge the duties. 

The Governor's surgery, which is called a knee orthoscopy, will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. He will return home later that day to recuperate, and will begin physical therapy shortly thereafter. The Governor is expected back in the office on Monday and should return to full physical capacity in less than six weeks. He will have the same procedure on his right knee sometime in the near future, according to the governor's office.

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