Congratulations to our former Governor Mark Dayton, who tied the knot over the weekend.  He married a very young, considering, woman named Ana Orke.

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Ana is 32 and Dayton will turn 74 in January. that's a 41 year difference in age. He is literally old enough to be her grandfather. That's quite an age difference.

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I'm sure Ana will have to adjust to some things, like eating dinner at 4 PM. Dayton says they have a lot in common. Both are interested in politics. Ana worked on Dayton's gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and also worked Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Dayton announced his nuptials over the weekend on Facebook.

Dear Family and Friends,

I am delighted to reach out to you in these challenging times with some very happy news: After twenty years of bachelorhood, I am now a married man! Well-wishers, with whom I share my news, often ask me, “Who is the lucky lady?” But that is the wrong question, for it is I who am the lucky man. My wife, formerly Ms. Ana Orke, now Ana Dayton, is smart, compassionate, tough, funny, and impossibly good at Scrabble!

She is also 41 years my junior.

I know our age difference (I am 73; she is 32) will surprise many of you. The truth is, the feelings that developed between Ana and me, given our age difference, surprised us too, at first. But as we grew to know each other, we realized that the love binding us is far deeper and more meaningful than the years that separate us. You will not be surprised to learn that politics (in addition to winning at board games) is important to us both. Ana worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during the 2008 primaries, and for my gubernatorial campaign in 2010. Then we lost touch, until we ran into each other in Minneapolis a couple of years ago. The rest is happy history.

As I celebrate the gift of new love and joy in my own life, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a most joyful holiday season. May the New Year bring to you, your loved ones, and our shared community health, happiness and, out of the dark difficulties of these hard past times, a brighter tomorrow.

My very best,
Mark

This is Dayton's third marriage, ending 20 years of bachelorhood.

(KROC AM)

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