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Editorial: Working together, for our benefit

On Feb. 22, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks paid a visit to Worthington to meet with city, county and Minnesota West Community and Technical College leaders.

Apparently, the time spent inside the Historic Dayton House that day was fruitful.

Using the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp.'s fourth annual Bioscience Conference as a backdrop, representatives from the U of M and other entities announced Friday the development of a partnership that would encourage the pursuit of bioscience-related opportunities in Worthington and southwest Minnesota. With the City of Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota West and the U -- as well as WREDC -- on board, enthusiasm seems more than reasonable.

The fact that Bruininks came to Worthington is impressive in itself, as it demonstrates that the importance -- and potential -- of southwest Minnesota as a key bioscience player is not lost on the University of Minnesota. Having others aligned with the U, meanwhile, can only encourage the sharing of ideas and resources, thereby boosting the likelihood of success for all.

The importance of such a partnership, it should be noted, was not lost on Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the Bioscience Conference's keynote speaker. Pawlenty gave high praise to Worthington for its efforts in the bioscience sector, and we hope the governor's recognition of our area's strength in this arena will help us in the future, too.