Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/2

Nov 2, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Veterans

Sunset on Upper Red Lake

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate and honor our Nation's Veterans in November, this week's newsletter will highlight a Veteran Business and Entrepreneur Seminar taking place at four locations across the 7th District next week.  The seminar will focus on helping Vets and their families put their unique skills to use with particular emphasis on starting a small business.  This week I was honored to receive an award for legislative excellence from the National Association of Manufacturers in Marshall.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


Military Matters

Veteran Business and Entrepreneur Seminar and Networking (11/7 and 11/8)

Next week the Northwest & West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center and economic development organizations will partner to host a Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Networking event.  Our Vets have unique and valuable skills gained from their service overseas, and as we are indebted to them for their sacrifices it is also very important that we provide the necessary resources to help them get jobs when they return home.  At this seminar Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their spouses and families can learn about resources available to them if they are considering starting or growing a small business.  To register or obtain additional information, call 218-299-3037 or email

This free event is being held next week at four locations throughout the 7th district:

  • Thief River: Nov 7, 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Imperial Room (lower level) at the Ralph Englestad Arena, 525 Brooks Avenue
  • East Grand Forks: Nov 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 3817, 312 DeMers Avenue
  • Alexandria: Nov 8, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the AAEDC, 610 Fillmore Street
  • Morris: Nov 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Old No. 1 Bar and Grill, 412 Atlantic Avenue


National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award

Greg Flack (CEO, The Schwan Food Company) presents the NAM Award (10/30)

On Tuesday, the National Association of Manufacturers, honored me as a recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.   This award is based on congressional votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by NAM in the 112th Congress.   I supported an overwhelming majority of the policies identified by NAM as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress.   These included key votes on issues such as energy policy, taxes and regulations, among others.  NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the U.S. representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

Southeast Main Avenue/CSAH 52 I-94 Interchange Ramps Open

It was exciting to see the completion of the Southeast Main Avenue/CSAH 52 I-94 interchange ramps in Moorhead.  These new interchange ramps were long fought but we finally were able to complete another part of the much larger 34th Street Corridor project.  These ramps should help ease congestion, improve safety, and support local businesses throughout the city of Moorhead.  This project was achieved through the hard work of city officials, local businesses, MNDOT and our federal officials all pulling together to get this project approved and done.  It was great to be involved in this project from the beginning and I'm pleased to see it to completion. (10/30)

Veterans in Agriculture

Rural communities play a strong and crucial role in our Nation's military.  44 percent of the men and women who serve our Nation in the U.S. Military are residents of rural areas, and 6.1 million Vets currently live in rural communities as well.  There are many federal, state, and non-profit resources available to Vets who currently own or are thinking about operating their own farm.  The USDA also provides helpful information to beginning farmers as well as technical resources and training.

Pheasant Hunting in Monte

I visited Montevideo and Watson last weekend for the 10th Annual Goose and Pheasant Hunt hosted by the City of Montevideo. A community banquet was held at the VFW following a day of hunting which brought recognition to the hunting opportunities in the area.