Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/16/2015

Oct 16, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues, Veterans

Red River Woods

Dear Friends,

Throughout Minnesota, federal, state and local organizations often work together on projects to restore and improve the natural resources we enjoy. These efforts, large and small, can make a huge difference in the overall impact of natural disasters like flooding. This week, my staff attended public forums and watershed tours to learn about developing risk management programs in the Fargo-Moorhead and Buffalo-Red River areas. Marshall also hosted the 3rd annual Veterans Stand-Down this week, recognizing local service members and offering veteran support.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

Tour attendees hear about the Buffalo River restoration project that mitigates erosion problems along the river in Hawley         

On Thursday, my staff aide Allison Myhre attended the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District fall tour to learn more about the projects that the watershed district is working on in the region. The group toured restoration, mitigation and flood control projects in Barnesville, Hawley, Georgetown, Oakport Township, Wolverton Creek, and Manston Slough. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District covers 1780 square miles in Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, and Wilkin Counties.

Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project

Fargo-Moorhead Metro Flood Risk Management Project - Project Area

On Wednesday, the Minnesota DNR held a public meeting and open house on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project. Nearly 200 people attended the event to learn more about the DEIS and many attendees shared their views on the proposed project. The DNR’s comment period continues through October 28.

MACV Stand-Down

The 3rd annual Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Stand-Down took place in Marshall this week. Over 70 Veterans from around the area attended. A variety of services were available at the Stand-Down, including counsel from legal aid workers, flu shots, and booths about housing, jobs, veterans services, and continuing education.


American Pharmacist Month

American Pharmacist Month (APhM), celebrated annually in October, encourages patients to “Know your Pharmacists, Know your Medicine.” APhM educates the public, policy makers, and health care professionals about the integral role that pharmacists play in patient care, medication management, and health care cost reduction. I was happy to co-sponsor a bill that affords provider status to pharmacists, whose expertise and accessibility are crucial in rural America.

Friend of Extension

Steve Olson

Minnesota poultry industry leader Steve Olson was named a 2015 distinguished Friend of Extension by the University of Minnesota this week, honoring his leadership through this year’s outbreak of avian influenza. Olson serves as Executive Director of four poultry-related groups: Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Chicken and Egg Council of Minnesota and the Midwest Poultry Federation. 


Congratulations to Shar Knutson on her retirement as President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Shar was the first woman to lead the 300,000 member labor federation, where she and her team did a lot of great work on behalf of working families throughout Minnesota. My best wishes to Shar in her well-deserved retirement, and to her successor, Bill McCarthy.

Discovering the 7th

Saum School (1876)

Beltrami County’s Saum School and Museum, erected in 1912, functions as both a museum and community center. Some of the building’s original classrooms remain intact, exhibiting school artifacts from the pioneer era. The grounds also feature a pioneer log home with antique tools and furnishings from the 19th Century.  

This Week in American History

The Constitution of the State of Minnesota was ratified by the residents of the Minnesota Territory in a special election on October 13, 1857. Approval of the document marked the admittance of Minnesota to the Union and the assumption of public office by elected officials. A 1971 commission to study the Minnesota Constitution recommended that it be rewritten in modern language to allow for easier reference. The amendment, though approved by voters, did not alter the meaning of the content in the document.

Samuel Carlson (LITCHFIELD)
2015 Congressional Art Competition