Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 7/3/2019

July 9, 2019

Summer fun!



Dear friends,

This week, Congress is in a district work period in honor of Independence Day and I’ve been happy to spend time in Minnesota to celebrate. I had the chance to sit down with small business owners in Willmar to discuss issues such as tax cuts and the farm bill. I also visited the Klaphake’s organic dairy farm in Melrose to see their field production and cow care. This weekend I am looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with events around the district. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


Congressman Collin C. Peterson

Minnesota 7th District


National Guard 

Klaphake Organic Dairy Farm in Melrose

On Saturday, I visited Karen and Neil Klaphake’s organic dairy farm near Melrose. I enjoyed touring their farm and talking with them about caring for and milking cows in an organic dairy operation. The visit and tour were organized as part of Organic Valley’s Farm Discovery Tour – an initiative that allows consumers and folks interested in organic farming to visit organic farms and speak with their operators. Local dairy farmers also came out to join the tour. I was happy to chat with them and hear their perspectives on organic dairy farming.

National Federation of Independent Business

This week I met with Willmar small business owners that are part of the National Federation of Independent Business. We had a lively and long ranging discussion on topics ranging from tax cuts and healthcare to the passage of the Farm Bill. I enjoy hearing from businesses across western Minnesota and appreciate everything these small businesses owners do to boost the economy in our part of the state. I will continue to work for sensible policies that will boost small businesses across the country.

Fourth of July Festivities

SPICER decorated for Fourth of July Celebrations

Here are just a few of the many fun events going on in the district this week:


Firework Show from 7 PM-11 PM

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln
Alexandria, MN 56308


The Bemidji Jaycees’s 75th Annual Water Carnival runs July 3rd thru July 7th with events happening each day. Merriam’s Midway Shows will be set up all five days Noon –11 PM

The Sanford Center Parking Lot
1111 Event Center Dr NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Firework Show: July 4th starting at 9:30 PM

Lake Bemidji waterfront  
300 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN 56601

Detroit Lakes:

Firework Show: Fireworks on the DL City Beach at dusk.

Fergus Falls:

Thursday concert in the park at 6:30 p.m. with the Lakes Area All Stars, followed by the movie "A League of their Own." 

Friday night is "Stories from the State Hospital" at 7 p.m. This is an outside walking tour of the former Regional Treatment Center. Meet in the Government Service Center parking lot. Cost is $6/person. Call 218-736-6038 for more info.

Friday night at the races, I-94 Speedway (5:30 p.m. gate; 7 p.m. races)
Erhard has its parade and community events starting at 9:30 a.m. 
The regional fireworks are: Chahinkapa Zoo, Detroit Lakes and MSUM in Moorhead and Bonanzaville in Fargo. All are listed "at dusk."

West Otter Tail Fairgrounds
1812 Pebble Lake Rd
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

July 4th – At the I-94 Speedway, fireworks show starts after the car races.
I-94 Speedway
2001 W. Fir Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537


Food vendors, music, kites, face painting, balloon animals, public safety vehicles, farm equipment display, bounce houses, fishing derby, fireworks, concerts and special entertainment to be announced. 5 PM – 11PM at Independence Park


Food trucks will be on the grounds from 6:00 p.m. until dusk while a band will take the stage when the gates open at 8:00 p.m. Then, right before the fireworks begin, the Star-Spangled Banner will be performed. Fireworks kick-off at 10:30 p.m. sharp!
- Scheels Field at MSUM | 1700 9th Ave S, Moorhead
Ruthton: (18 minutes NE of Pipestone)

Parade (11:00 AM) (Lineup at 10:00 AM)
Burgers & Potluck (following the parade)
Kids Activities (throughout afternoon)
Adult Activities/Bean Bag Tournament (3:00 PM)

Thief River Falls:

Firework show at Seven Clans Casino starting at dusk


July 4 – Grand Day Parade 10 AM and Fireworks starting at dusk
July 4-6 – Briggs Motley Spicer Arts, Crafts & Gift Show 9 AM – 5 PM at Hwy 23 & Co.Rd. 10
July 6 – Spicer 4th of July Street Dance w/ Fabulous Armadillos starting at 7pm at Pirrotta Park
July 7 – Green Lake Road Race 7 AM at Zorbaz on Green Lake

Last Week’s Questionnaire Results

Last week, I asked you about your thoughts on gerrymandering Congressional Districts in a partisan manner. Here is what you had to say:

This Week in History

On July 4th, 1875, the first settler-colonists from Iceland arrived in Lyon County, having traveled by oxcart from Iowa. Their leader, Gunnlaugur Petursson, set up camp near present-day Minneota.  Along with Petursson, 50 other Icelantic people trekked to Minnesota. By 1925, there were about 1000 first- and second-generation Icelanders in the community. While we celebrate the creation of our diverse country, I am grateful that the group made its home in the 7th District, as they bring such a rich history and culture to Minnesota.

Visitors from Minnesota’s 7th

LEFT: Schultz family from Edgerton and the Travis’s