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Klobuchar visits Worthington, tours Newport Labs

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Sen. Amy Klobuchar (from left) looks over some photos with Newport Labs CEO and Chairman Dr. Wayne Freese and Chief Financial Officer Dan Greve while touring the facility in Worthington Saturday morning.

WORTHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar discussed the rural broadband project in Windom and visited Newport Laboratories in Worthington, as part of her weekend journey through southern Minnesota.

"I think this is the key -- businesses like yours," Klobuchar told Newport Laboratories officials Wayne Freese, Dan Greve and Randy Simonson. "We're not going to come out of (the recession) with government alone."

During her tour of Newport Labs, Klobuchar learned about the business of bioscience, from the custom herd-specific animal vaccines Newport creates to its first mass-produced vaccine, ParaSail.

Klobuchar's stop at Newport Labs was part of her efforts to assist small and medium-sized businesses, helping them add jobs to the still-limping U.S. economy.

Klobuchar said she hoped to help small businesses get what they really need -- help with health care costs, easier-to-obtain small business loans, and help exporting their products overseas. New export markets would help businesses expand, adding much-needed jobs.

"Kids who grow up in Minnesota should be able to live there," Klobuchar said.

She also expressed optimism about the economy's recovery.

"Over time, we're going to get through this," she said, adding it would take time because of all the economic problems that had built up.

Klobuchar's Friday schedule included stops in Alden and Kiester, where she surveyed tornado damage, Elm Creek Township in Jackson and Martin counties, where she reviewed the Elm Creek Wind Power project and a dinner in St. James.

On Saturday, Klobuchar was scheduled to attend a rural broadband project meeting in Windom, visit Monogram Meat Snacks, attend the Pipestone Watertower Festival, and attend a meeting about the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System in Luverne, as well as visit the Lewis & Clark construction site at Tea, S.D.