Mr. Kaler goes to southwest Minnesota

University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler hits the road this week for a quick tour of southwestern Minnesota.

It looks like he’ll get his first taste of Farmfest near Redwood Falls as well.

I covered Farmfest several times during my eight years as an MPR reporter in central Minnesota. My advice for Kaler: bring your mud boots, it always seems to rain during Farmfest.  And make sure you grab a sandwich at the beef tent.  Yum.

Here’s Kaler’s travel itinerary from the folks at the U of M News Service office:

Tuesday, Aug. 2

12 noon – Speech to the Rotary Club of Marshall outlining his vision for the future of the university

Marshall Golf Club

800 Country Club Drive


4 p.m. – Tour of Newport Labs, the nation’s largest private diagnostic lab and largest manufacturer of autogenous biologics for swine and cattle

1524 Prairie Drive


Wednesday, Aug. 3

8 to 9 a.m. – Participate in Minnesota Farm Bureau breakfast

Forum tent

Farmfest, Redwood Falls

9 to 10 a.m. – Tour Farmfest grounds and visit the Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean tents.

10 a.m. – Media availability in the University of Minnesota tent, next to Forum tent

10:15 a.m. – Remarks to Farmfest attendees in the Forum tent

11:30 a.m. — Arrive at the university’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton and tour “University on the Prairie,” a three-day education program for area kids to learn about science

Southwest Research and Outreach Center

23669 130th St.