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Walter Mondale heart surgery successful

ROCHESTER — Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent heart surgery Wednesday, four days after his wife’s funeral.

No details were released about the surgery at the Mayo Clinic other than a clinic statement that said he had successful heart surgery Wednesday morning and “he is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Mondale, 86, attended the funeral and reception for his wife, Joan, on Saturday along with Vice President Joe Biden and former President Jimmy Carter.

Mondale served under Carter from 1977 to 1981. He was alsoMinnesota attorney general, U.S. senator and U.S. ambassador to Japan. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 1984.

Known as “Fritz,” Mondale also stepped in to be the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for U.S. Senate after then-Sen. Paul Wellstone died in an airplane crash in the final days of the 2002 campaign. He lost to Norm Coleman.

Mondale is the senior statesman in Minnesota, the last prominent DFL politician of a generation that included another former vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

The son of a Methodist minister, he was born Jan. 5, 1928, and lived his early years in the southwestern Minnesota community of Ceylon.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.