Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm thanked colleagues for their calls, cards and flowers after he suffered a mild heart attack.
Haar returned to the Unicameral after spending a week at home, recovering.
Haar took to the floor of the legislature as it began its session this morning and described what went wrong.
“So, on Arbor Day; Arbor Day I hadn’t thought of that,” Haar chuckled while addressing colleagues from the legislative floor. “I took my chainsaw down to the woods and cut some trees and, wow, all of the sudden, I was exhausted and had this feeling something was really wrong.”
Haar joked about seeing a bright light, meeting his father and promises to change parties if he could return to his work.
Also, Haar assured colleagues the heart attack was mild.
“There was no operation, no stints, no balloons, no aerobics for a month, some of those things. I came home with a handful, of course of miracle drugs. He said more R and R. He said something like less emotion to your passions. I’m not sure what that means,” Haar said, laughing.
Haar said he received a hospital bill that totaled $22,000 and joked that he hoped it would be covered by Medicare.
Haar is 70. He won re-election to a second, four-year term in November.
AUDIO: Sen. Ken Haar addresses Unicameral upon return after suffering mild heart attack. [4 min.]