HIBBING, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--The University of Minnesota's President is on the Iron Range for the first time since he took the University Helm, discussing the role of health and medical education partnerships with area leaders.
President Eric Kahler started his day at the Fairview Medical Center and then toured Hibbing Community College to learn more about its dentistry program.
After that he visited Hibbing Taconite to learn more about environmental mining standards.
President Kahler also made stops at research labs in Grand Rapids and Coleraine.
Kahler says he's focused on listening and learning to better provide students with the tools needed to move forward in today's economy.
"We need to work together to discuss pressing environmental issues," he said. "We need to work on education, particularily, about education for the mining industry. And we need to be partners in developing technology for the next generation."
President Kahler will celebrate the opening of a new lab in Orr and tour the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia on Friday.