Updated: 01/04/2014 6:39 PM
Created: 01/04/2014 3:36 PM WDIO.com
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been hospitalized for chest pains, according to city officials.
Rybak was taken to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department about 1 p.m. Saturday by ambulance complaining of chest pains after cross-country skiing 7.7 miles in Theodore Wirth Park, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.
He was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents, according to the hospital. He is now resting comfortably.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Rybak tweeted a poem about his scare:
"My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart".
Immediately after he added, "By the way the ski trails at Wirth are awesome today."
A news conference about Rybak's condition was scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Besty Hodges was sworn in as the new mayor on Thursday. Rybak did not seek re-election for a fourth term.
Governor Mark Dayton issued a statement Saturday afternoon, saying “On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my very best wishes to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his family. We all pray for his swift and complete recovery. Our thanks go to the emergency responders and medical personnel, whose talents and training made the critical difference in the life of this outstanding leader, who has given so much to the people of Minneapolis and all of Minnesota.”
Candlelight Vigil Celebrates Stabbing Victim's Life
Family and friends of 75-year old Sally Marie Pionk gathered outside of the West Duluth Super One grocery store where she was fatally stabbed last week to honor her with a candlelight vigil Saturday night.
1 Man Killed in Duluth Apartment Complex Fire
One man is dead after a fire at Duluth's Tri-Towers Apartment Complex Saturday night, according to the Duluth Fire Department.
Fire in Vacant Duluth Home Causes $50K in Damage
No one was injured when the Duluth Fire Department responded to a fire in the basement of a vacant home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Duluth Police Sponsor Shopping Trip for Northland Kids in Need
Some Northland kids in need got treated to a big Christmas shopping spree on Saturday. It was part of the Duluth Police Department's "Shop with a Cop" event. The Salvation Army chose six deserving kids needing an extra boost this Christmas...
Local Shoppers Manage Budgets Amid High Holiday Spending Predictions
The countdown to Christmas is officially on with only five days left for shoppers to get all of their gifts this year. For people on the receiving end this holiday season, it really will be the most wonderful time of the year, as the National Retail Federation predicts consumer spending will be up 4.1 percent this holiday season...