Press Releases

Mar 5, 2014

Army Corps to Fund Completion of Roseau Flood Project This Year

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), said today that the Army Corps of Engineers plans to fund the completion of the Roseau flood control project in 2014, a long-awaited action that will help prevent a repeat of the devastating flood that destroyed homes, businesses, and public structures across the city in 2002.

Mar 4, 2014

Peterson seeking submissions for Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is inviting high school students from across the Seventh Congressional District to submit their artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

Feb 10, 2014

Peterson and Smith find broad bipartisan support for propane letter

Issues: Energy

Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today sent a letter to President Obama asking for immediate action to address the national propane shortage. More than 70 Members of Congress, including all the members of the Minnesota congressional delegation joined the Peterson-Smith effort by cosigning the bipartisan letter.

Feb 5, 2014

Minnesota Lawmakers Make It Easier to Transport Additional Propane to Minnesota and Other Areas Affected by Ongoing Propane Shortage

Issues: Energy

In response to a letter sent by the lawmakers last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it was extending the State Emergency Declaration hours-of-service exemption to March 1st in the Midwest region. The exemption will give propane suppliers the ability to safely transport propane via roadways from areas with a larger supply to regions affected by the shortage like Minnesota. More than 200,000 households in Minnesota rely on propane as their main source of heat.

Feb 3, 2014

Finally, a Farm Bill

After nearly four years of work, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill conference report (H.R. 2642) with a bipartisan 251-166 vote on January 29.

Jan 31, 2014

Members of Congress from SD, MN, and IA Work to Secure Additional Resources for Lewis and Clark

U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Tim Walz (D-MN), and Steve King (R-IA) today wrote to the Bureau of Reclamation asking the administration to give all due consideration to providing additional resources to advance construction on the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.

Jan 27, 2014

Minnesota Lawmakers, Governor Dayton Call for Immediate Action to Address Critical Propane Shortage

Issues: Energy

In a letter to President Obama, the lawmakers and Governor urged the Administration to knock down regulatory barriers and take additional steps to alleviate the shortage and provide relief to families and agriculture producers.

Jan 15, 2014

Peterson Meets with EPA Administrator on RFS

Issues: Energy

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today hosted a meeting with members of Congress and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to express their disappointment in EPA’s proposed volume numbers for 2014. The EPA has proposed significant reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Dec 18, 2013

Klobuchar, Peterson Legislation to Name Federal Courthouse in Fergus Falls After Former Minnesota Judge Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Collin Peterson’s legislation to rename the federal courthouse in Fergus Falls after Judge Edward J. Devitt, the former chief judge of Minnesota’s federal district court, passed the Senate. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Formally confirmed in 1955, Devitt served as a federal judge for thirty seven years until his death at the age of 80, including twenty two years as chief judge.

Dec 12, 2013

Vertical Farms LLC to grow near Fergus Falls

(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Collin Peterson announced that USDA Rural Development will provide a $2.1 million loan guarantee to Great River Energy to provide financing to Vertical Farms Produce LLC for the purchase of equipment at their Fergus Falls facility. The project is expected to create 14 new jobs.