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GOVERNOR WILL HAVE SURGERY TO REPLACE KNEE

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Gov. Norm Bangerter will limp into the hospital Oct. 21 to have surgery to replace a deteriorating and painful right knee.

"It's not life threatening, but they're replacing the whole knee," said spokeswoman Heather Barney. "He'll be in the hospital around a week."The 59-year-old retiring governor has delayed the operation as long as possible but can do so no longer because of deterioration that has led to increased pain and a pronounced limp.

"I've heard him joke, `I may be lame, but I'm no lame duck,' " Barney said.

Bangerter expects to be back in time for the Nov. 2 opening of hearings to prepare next year's recommended budget.

A former construction-business owner, Bangerter has had bad knees most of his life.