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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to visit Detroit Lakes Monday

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will be in Detroit Lakes this Monday, Jan. 10, for a meeting and tour of SJE Rhombus at 1:30 p.m.

Klobuchar's visit to the local manufacturer is part of a 14-city "Innovation Tour" that will also include stops in Ada, Aitkin, Alexandria, Backus, Bagley, Bemidji, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Moorhead and Park Rapids.

"Innovation has always been key to Minnesota's economic success," says Klobuchar. "More than ever before, our state and our nation will need to innovate to compete in the global economy. This tour of Minnesota communities is an additional opportunity for me to visit the businesses that create our jobs; to visit the schools that educate our next generation of entrepreneurs and workers; and to hear from our local officials who want to do everything they can to promote economic development in their communities."

SJE Rhombus, located at 22650 County Highway 6, Detroit Lakes, is a manufacturer of water and wastewater controls for municipal, industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Besides SJE Rhombus, Klobuchar will visit Wells Technology, a manufacturer of precision machined products in Bemidji; tour the bioscience labs at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Community & Technical College. She will also visit Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin and the high school in Long Prairie.

In addition, Klobuchar's tour will include meetings with local officials in Ada, Brainerd, Glenwood and Park Rapids; and visits with the veterans in Bagley as well as a Fergus Falls family who adopted a child from Haiti shortly after last January's earthquake. (Klobuchar helped to expedite the adoption in the aftermath of the earthquake.)

Following her 14-city tour, Sen. Klobuchar will convene an Innovation Summit at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. The summit will be an opportunity for Minnesotans to share information and exchange ideas about the strategies needed to revitalize America's innovative edge and ability to compete in the global marketplace.

At the summit, Klobuchar will unveil her "National Innovation Agenda," a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at strengthening America's ability to innovate and compete for long-term economic growth and job creation.