Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/14/2016
Fall in Audubon
This week I was happy to visit several companies that help build our local rural economy, including Northwest Beverage, Action Manufacturing, and North Star Electric Cooperative. These are just two examples of the industriousness and resourcefulness of Minnesotans. In Washington, D.C., my office welcomed the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as volunteers in the Stage IV Stampede looking to raise awareness of the importance of stage 4 cancer treatments. Finally, if your household uses the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program for tax or Social Security purposes, please reference the updated information in the Newsstand section below.
Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District
On Wednesday, I toured Northwest Beverage in Thief River Falls. With an expansion and a new facility, Northwest Beverage has added many new drink varieties to their product list, continuing their contributions to the rural economy. They deliver to businesses and stores in a large area of Northwest Minnesota.
On Friday, I toured the new Action Manufacturing facility where they produce up to 45 Action Trackchairs a month. Founded by Tim Swenson in Marshall after his 16-year-old son became paralyzed in a car accident, Action Manufacturing grants limited-mobility customers the freedom to get back into the great outdoors. With Trackchairs designed for playing sports, hunting, hiking, and even standing, Action Manufacturing is working to empower those with mobility issues.
Stage IV Stampede
This week, volunteers from across the United States participated in the Stage IV Stampede in Washington, D.C. to advocate for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research and care. Participants marched from the Washington Monument to the Capitol, attended educational briefings, and facilitated a “Die-In” to represent the individuals who die from the disease each day. My staff met with several Minnesota members of Metavivor, the Stampede’s sponsoring organization, to discuss Congressional efforts to fund metastatic cancer research.
American Society of Civil Engineers
This week the American Society of Civil Engineers visited my Washington, D.C. office and met with my staff to talk about the Water Resources Development Act which the House and Senate passed this fall. They are urging the conference committee to find consensus on the remaining differences between the bills so this legislation can be signed into law by the President. One provision they are pushing for would create the National Dam Rehabilitation Program to repair or remove dams that pose a risk to the public. According to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials in the 7th District alone, there are 387 dams, of which 37 pose a significant hazard, 10 are deemed, “high hazard potential dams” and four are classified as, “high hazard potential deficient dams” which is the worst category. We must take action to repair or remove these dams to ensure that Minnesotans are no longer at risk of a dam failure that could lead to a loss of life.
North Star Electric Cooperative
The North Star Electric Cooperative annual business meeting drew an auditorium full of members to the Lake of the Woods School in Baudette on October 7. The North Star cooperative was formed in 1940 for the sole purpose of providing electricity to the rural areas in north central Minnesota–areas that no power company would serve. The cooperative now serves about 6400 accounts.
David Johnson, Polaris Co-Founder: 1923-2016
As many of you may be aware, David Johnson, of Roseau, passed away on October 8th at the age of 93. David made his name as the co-founder of Polaris Industries, and his innovations would come to change Minnesota and the world forever. A true pioneer of snowmobiling, the world lost a great mind and spirit. He built the brand from the ground up and believed that his employees were like family. Western Minnesota was fortunate to have a great mind and entrepreneur like David Johnson, and we appreciate all he did for our region and the country.
Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) Expiring
The Internal Revenue Service announced important changes to help taxpayers comply with revisions to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program made under a new law. Some constituent Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) are expiring soon and need to be renewed before the upcoming tax filing season.
Who is affected: There are two groups of ITIN holders who may need to renew an ITIN so it will be in effect for returns filed in 2017:
- Unused ITINs. ITINs not used on a federal income tax return in the last three years (covering 2013, 2014, or 2015) will no longer be valid to use on a tax return as of Jan. 1, 2017. ITIN holders in this group who need to file a tax return next year will need to renew their ITINs. The renewal period began Oct. 1, 2016.
- Expiring ITINs. ITINs with middle digits of 78 and 79 (Example: 9XX-78-XXXX) will no longer be valid to use on a tax return as of Jan. 1, 2017. ITIN holders in this group who need to file a tax return next year will need to renew their ITINs. The renewal period for these ITINs begins Oct. 1, 2016. The IRS has mailed letters to this group of taxpayers to inform them of the need to renew their ITINs.
The consequence of inaction: If taxpayers have an expired ITIN and don’t renew before filing a tax return next year, they could face a refund delay and may be ineligible for certain tax credits, such as the Child Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, until the ITIN is renewed. The ITIN changes are required by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act enacted by Congress in December 2015.
This Week in American History
Fort Snelling today; sketch of Fort Snelling from 1833
Fort Snelling, a military fortification at the meeting of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, was closed as a formal military post on this day in 1946. After 126 years of service, the Fort was placed under the Veterans Administration’s control and retired from militaristic use. As of 1962, Fort Snelling is officially a state park and a national historic landmark open to the public.
Spotted in the Seventh
Can YOU guess what was Spotted in the Seventh? Each week, the newsletter will feature a landmark or site somewhere in Western Minnesota. The first person to name the location wins! The location of the photo as well as the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter.
This week’s landmark has been purported to be the second most photographed statues in theUnited States, only behind Mount Rushmore…
Congratulations to Carolyn Billing of Fergus Falls for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the Phelps Mill in Otter Tail County!
Share your guess on our website – https://collinpeterson.house.gov/contact-me/spotted-seventh
Visitors from the District
My cousin, Sandy Schreiner, and her daughter Michelle Carey
“Reflecting Self Portrait”
Ellie Thein (CLARA CITY)