At Issue: Nov. 25 - Gov. Dayton Addresses Health Issues, MnDOT Unveils 10-Year Plan

November 25, 2018 05:45 PM

Gov. Dayton Returns to St. Paul Following Extended Hospital Stay

Gov. Mark Dayton will be back at work this week in St. Paul after a more than month-long stay in the hospital. Dayton returned to the Governor's Residence last week for his final Thanksgiving in office. This follows an extended stay at Mayo Clinic in Rochester after two back surgeries and some unexpected complications.


Dayton underwent the first of two back surgeries in early October. After his second operation, he developed some complications that caused damage to his lungs. He spent the past several weeks hospitalized at Mayo while recovering from those complications.

It wasn't until well after the November elections that reporters realized Dayton was not back in St. Paul. During that time, Dayton says he kept in close contact with his commissioners and staff. He says he never considered temporarily relinquishing control to his lieutenant governor, Michelle Fischbach. 

MnDOT Unveils 10-Year Plan to Repair Roads, Bridges Across State

MnDOT has identified $10 billion worth of highway projects to do over the next decade. That's from the state's newly released 10-year-plan that calls for improvements to hundreds of bridges and highways across the state.

"We have a big system," said Brad Utecht, investment planning director at MnDOT. "Costs a lot of money to maintain."

Utecht is keeping track of all the projects and is focused on what needs fixing over the next decade.

"If we don't maintain those the best we can then we spend more in the long run," Utecht said. "The number one priority tends to be maintaining our existing system."

Utecht stresses they generated the list of priorities thanks in large part to the public's feedback. 

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