University of Minnesota's President Tours the Northland

By KBJR News 1

October 27, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Since July, Eric Kaler has been holding the reigns in a job affecting a large portion of Minnesotans; whether it's who you cheer for on the ice, where you study or where you work.

The newest President of the University of Minnesota traveled up north for the first time today, checking out what the northeast portion of the state brings to the table.

The rainy and overcast morning at the Cloquet Forestry Center didn't dampen the spirits of these northlanders at all.

It's a big day.

With the newest president of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler coming to check out Cloquet, and Duluth for the first time as president touring where all things relating to trees and forests are researched and educating the next generation of foresters takes place.

"Looking forward to highlighting our research and our teaching and our outreach that we do here at the Cloquet Forestry Center"

What they do is a large part of what drives the economy in northeast Minnesota, a point not at all lost on Kaler.

"Obviously forestry is a critically important to the Minnesota economy, about the maintenance of the forest for tourism and harvesting the forest for timber. So I'm glad we're leading the intellectual guidance to that industry and I think it's a wonderful outreach opportunity for the University"

Kaler also met with area legislators and senior university leaders to discuss the universities economic role.

"For any city a university site that is deep and rich as the University of Minnesota Duluth is a tremendous asset to the city"

And asset Kaler says will be an important part of positioning the region for economic success in the future.

Written of the web by: Zach Vavricka