Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/23/2016

Dec 2, 2016

Kittson County

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, let us remember to be thankful for our families, friends, and those who help bring food to our tables. This week, I joined the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Farm Bureau at their annual conventions to thank them for their continuing advocacy for Minnesota farmers. I also welcomed the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and Minnesota Milk Producers Association to my Detroit Lakes office to discuss their important roles in our state’s agriculture economy.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Minnesota Farmers Union and Minnesota Farm Bureau

I joined both the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union in their annual state conventions this weekend. Each year, both of these advocacy organizations convene to discuss the issues most important to the agricultural community and their goals in developing our rural economy. As we begin gearing up for the next Farm Bill, I look forward to working with these committed groups to ensure we protect and expand opportunities for our farmers.

Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association

On Tuesday, I met with Tim Nolte of the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association, and with other members via conference call (due to the weather) to discuss a variety of issues, including the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration rule and wolves. While there is a lot of uncertainty in agriculture on what will happen with the outgoing and incoming Administrations, I will keep working to address the issues important to my constituents.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association

Mark & Kristine Spadgenske of Menahga, Pat Lunemann of Clarissa, and Lucas Sjostrom of Brooton

On Tuesday, I met with members of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association who stopped in my Detroit Lakes office to visit about issues related to the dairy industry. In the meeting we discussed the importance of strengthening the risk management tools that dairy producers rely on to get through tough times and the challenges we face in the upcoming Farm Bill.


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Questions?

Each Thanksgiving, Americans will consume 46 million turkeys. This year the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a Meat & Poultry Hotline from 8am-2pm EST to answer any questions you have about your Turkey-Day meal. Call at 1-888-674-6854 or check out their fact sheet.

Minnesota State Parks

Lt. Governor Tina Smith announced that Minnesota state parks will be open for free this Friday. Fees at each of Minnesota’s 75 state parks will be waived so your family can enjoy the outdoors this Thanksgiving.

Capitol Dome Successfully Restored

The first comprehensive restoration of the Capitol Dome in more than half a century is now complete. 

Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers had this message about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project, “The Dome was in dire need of repair and with the help and leadership of Congress, we repaired more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies in the cast iron. We repaired or recast intricate ornaments, gutters and balustrades. The team used both innovative technology and historical tradecrafts to repair the Dome. Our work revealed and preserved exquisite craftsmanship that went into the construction of the Dome. We removed hazardous materials, upgraded electrical and mechanical systems and finally, repainted the Rotunda and the Dome.”

See the sights and hear the sounds from this large-scale restoration. 

This Week in American History

On November 24, 1859 the famous architect Cass Gilbert was born. After growing up in St. Paul, he would go on to design the Minnesota State Capitol building and many other influential landmarks, including the U.S. Supreme Court Building and the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.

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 is a historic state hospital that opened in 1890…

Congratulations to Stephen Nagle of Erhard for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the Red Lake Governmental Center!

Share your guess on our website –

Paige Janorschke (LITCHFIELD)