Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 6/28

Jun 28, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wedll, Art Competition winner!

Her family came to visit DC and celebrate this honor
Darla (mother), Elizabeth, Carly (cousin), and Bridget (aunt)

Dear Friends,

 I was happy to meet 7th District Art Competition winner, Elizabeth Wedll, and her family on Wednesday.  Liz was joined by her mother, aunt, and cousin, and my office gave them a tour of the Capitol followed by a reception for winning students across the United States. In the 7th District, intense storms caused power outages and flooding in many areas this week.  On Monday I toured the facilities of DuPont Pioneer Research Center in Moorhead, and it was good to see the fine work they're doing to increase our understanding of agricultural research.  With the holiday weekend already on the horizon, below are some helpful resources for planning a get-together with your family and friends as we celebrate the 4th of July next week.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson

Minnesota 7th District

 Strong Storms Bring Floods

Photo by Stephen Wiblemo, courtesy of the Hutchinson Leader

 Heavy rains from last weekend caused trouble in the 7th as many areas experienced local power outages and significant flooding.  Many houses experienced standing water in basements due to storms that at times dropped substantial inches of rain in mere hours.  Rest assured I am monitoring the situation as we assess any damage that may have been caused by these storms.

 Farm Bill Update

After last week’s House defeat of the farm bill, where the House Majority adopted a partisan amendment process that lost Democratic votes that would have otherwise supported the Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan bill, it’s unclear where we go from here.

 There has been much speculation that Republican Leader Cantor intends to split the bill into two parts, farm programs and nutrition programs and pass a partisan bill. I have serious doubts about how that can be accomplished and concerns about the impact it could have on conferencing with the Senate.  In the coming weeks I look forward to meeting with Minnesota farmers to discuss the future of the farm bill.

 Farm bill in the press

Politico: “How the Farm Bill Failed”

National Journal: “Farm Leaders Share Blame for House Debacle”

The Hill: “No movement on farm bill, Peterson says”

Politico: “House Republicans May Split Farm Bill in Two”

 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishop Stephen Blaire visited to discuss the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops concerns with the farm bill, particularly the nutrition and conservation titles.  It is unclear what the future holds for the farm bill right now, but I'll continue to work hard and I hope we can get the job done.

 7th District Art Competition Winner: Elizabeth Wedll

Liz Wedll (ELIZABETH) won the 2013 Congressional Competition for the 7th District of Minnesota with her painting “Northern Lights”. High school students in all 435 congressional districts across the United States are invited to compete in this art competition once a year. In her winning artwork (pictured above in the yellow frame), Liz used bright watercolors to paint the sky, pine trees, and their reflections in the lake below. Her painting will be displayed for a year inside the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol. While they were in town, Liz and her mom attended a special reception for the young artists. They also attended an Artist Workshop and a lecture by a professional artist. This was Liz's first time visiting Washington, D.C.

 Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals

Paul Neubauer (Principal of St. Francis School and President-Elect of MN Association of Secondary School Principals) and Lon Jorgenson (former Principal of Crookston, current Superintendent of Warren/Alvarado/Oslo School District 2176)

 I met with Paul and Lon to discuss the current state of affairs in Minnesota on topics ranging from farm policy to education, and the role that principals serve in reaching out to our youth. These gentleman really do serve on the front lines of education, and see first hand how policies, local and federal, affect our students on a daily basis.

 DuPont Pioneer Research Center

Top: Ellen Kullman (CEO DuPont), Judd O'Conner (VP DuPont Pioneer US Business Lead), Matt Walch (Research Scientist, DuPont Pioneer)

Bottom: John Holte (Senior Research Associate, DuPont Pioneer) and Ellen Kullman (CEO DuPont)


On Monday I visited the DuPont Pioneer Research Center in Moorhead with Een Kullman, the DuPont CEO.  Ellen and I met with key research employees in a roundtable meeting where discussion centered on the farm bill and also how DuPont’s research is helping to meet global food challenges in corn, soybeans and sunflowers.  John Holte, Senior Research Associate in Moorhead, gave us a tour of their facility.   

 4th of July Events Near You

Next Thursday we honor the day of our Nation's independence.  Whether your family and friends like to celebrate with a bbq at home or go to your city fireworks display at night, there are a number of ways to celebrate this important day in our Nation's history.  As you plan your celebration, here are some helpful resources:

  • Check your local newspaper for parades or festivals close to home
  • State parks and recreation areas are still open despite last week's storms!  Check in with the Minnesota DNR to find that last minute campsite for the holiday weekend or learn what outdoor activities are available at your nearby state park.
  • To learn about other 4th of July celebrations across the 7th District, visit ExploreMinnesota.  Their website allows you to search by town or activity and find a good fit for your family by clicking here.

 Constituents from the 7th

Darla, Elizabeth, Bridget, and Carly Wedll (ELIZABETH), Dave and Janet Lundstrom (OWATONNA), and Rodney and Judy Skramstad (ALEXANDRIA). The picture was taken inside Statuary Hall, the original chamber for the U.S. House of Representatives.

 This Week in American History

On June 28th, 1919, the Allied Powers and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles in France. The treaty was one of the most important peace treaties that would bring World War I to a close. President Woodrow Wilson was one of the “Big Four” leaders during the treaty’s negotiations. The other three were Lloyd George of Great Britain, Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau of France, and Prime Minister Vittorio Orland of Italy.  The Constitution requires the Senate to advise and consent on the ratification of any treaty by a two-thirds coalition. In the end, the Treaty of Versailles did not achieve enough Senate support for it to become ratified, but it officially ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.



Entry for 2013 Congressional Art Competition