By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton remains in the hospital after fainting during a hot, crowded volunteer recognition event.

Dayton was taken to the hospital Sunday evening. Staffers say he felt mounting pressure in his lower back before losing consciousness at the event in the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury.

Deputy chief of staff Bob Hume said Monday that the governor is still receiving fluids and undergoing tests. He says dehydration was the likely cause and that he hopes Dayton will be released later in the day.

Questions about his health have followed the 69-year-old governor since he took office in 2011. He’s had a series of back and hip surgeries, most recently an elective procedure in December. Dayton has vowed his health problems won’t stop him from finishing his second term.

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