ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, June 17, announced that he would undergo knee surgery this week and temporarily transfer the power of his office to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

In a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate President Jeremy Miller, Walz said he planned to transfer his powers and duties while he is in surgery for a medial meniscus tear on Thursday. He will be placed under general anesthesia for the knee orthoscopy procedure and is expected to return to the office June 24 following a recovery period.

“After years of running, this minor surgery will help ensure I can hit the pavement again soon,” Walz said. “I expect a smooth surgery and I have full confidence in Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to temporarily hold the power of the office while I am under anesthesia.”

Flanagan will retain the powers of the governor's office until Walz sends legislative leaders a notice declaring he is able to take back his duties.

Walz is expected to begin physical therapy shortly after the surgery and should return to full physical capacity within six weeks. He will undergo the same surgery for his right knee at a later date.