Dayton’s dog dies

Gov. Dayton announced today that his dog, Mesabi, died. Dayton wrote on his Facebook page that Mesabi died after having surgery to remove his spleen and to remove a cancerous tumor.

“He was a loyal, devoted friend,” Dayton wrote. “He and his sister, Dakota, who passed away two years ago, brought so much joy into my life. As I wrapped him in a blanket, I thought of a line from a long-ago song by “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.” “And when I die, when I’m gone, there’ll be one child born in this world, to carry on. Carry on.”

Dayton wrote that his dog was two weeks shy of his eleventh birthday.

Dayton hasn’t been shy about sharing his love for his dogs with the public. Dakota and Mesabi were seen in some of his campaign commercials.

Dayton has two other German Shepherds, Wanamingo and Itasca.