Press Releases

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.

Nov 16, 2013

White Earth awarded $600,000 from Energy Department for biomass project

Issues: Energy

(Washington, DC) -- Congressman Collin Peterson announced that the White Earth Tribal Council has been awarded $642,899 from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a woody biomass-fueled boiler facility at the boiler room of the Tribe’s casino and hotel in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

Nov 14, 2013

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Push to Move Forward Roseau Flood Control Project

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) pushed for an increase in the authorized level of funding needed so that the Roseau flood control project may be completed should funding be provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The City of Roseau has secured funding for the non-federal share of the project, but without an increase in the authorization level the project will be delayed indefinitely.

Nov 13, 2013

FFHS Graduate Pontius promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Congressman Collin Peterson recently had the honor of congratulating one of his former West Point nominees on an Army promotion. Jon Pontius, formerly of Fergus Falls, received an appointment to West Point in 1992.

Nov 11, 2013

Let's put veterans first

Issues: Veterans

My unwavering commitment is founded on a solemn promise to put veterans first. It's the least we can do.

Sep 20, 2013

Peterson urges Medicare to Reject Recommendation that Would Hurt Rural Hospitals

Issues: Health

In letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the members highlighted the negative impact removing the “necessary provider” designation could have on rural health care and economies

Sep 19, 2013

Ridgewater College in Willmar to receive more than $3 million for training programs

Issues: Education

Members of the Minnesota congressional delegation announced that $20 million from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will go to help community and technical colleges in Minnesota develop and expand innovative training programs.

Sep 3, 2013

Peterson statement on Syria

Along with my constituents, I am opposed to intervention. I am willing to listen to the President and others, but I haven't heard anything at this point that will change my mind."

Aug 15, 2013

NFU Honors Rep. Peterson with Golden Triangle Award

National Farmers Union (NFU) recently announced its recipients of the Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, once again was chosen as a recipient, as one of the members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural communities.