Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/21

Dec 21, 2012 Issues: Education

Dear Friends,

With 2012 coming to a close, we look to the New Year as Fergus Falls High School Marching Band was recently honored with a spot in the 2013 Inauguration Parade for our 44th President.  Recognition was announced for the 2012 Clearwater County 4-H Volunteers of the Year as well as the 2012 Economic Development Marketing Award.  If you or someone you know is considering attending a service academy, my office can be a resource and helpful information is listed below. 


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


Meeting with Bishop Anderson

I met with Bishop Jon Anderson (Redwood Falls) of Southwestern Synod to discuss the important nutrition assistance programs, like SNAP, included in the farm bill (12/18).

'Share the Pride' with the Fergus Falls Marching Otters

With the Presidential Inauguration quickly approaching, I was pleased to send a letter in support of the Fergus Falls Marching Otters who have been invited to participate in the parade. This will be the band’s second trip to Washington, as they also marched in the Inaugural Parade four years ago for President Obama’s first inauguration. I am very excited to have them share their talents on the national stage again as they represent the 7th district of Minnesota in our nation’s capital. I look forward to their arrival.

Military Matters

Academy Appointments

As a Member of Congress representing the 7th District, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of constituents to service academics.  Each member of Congress nominates students from their district to ensure that our military truly represents all 50 states.  The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.  All the interviews for the 2012 nominations have been completed, and I look forward to the Academy's announcement of appointments next year.  Visit my website to learn more about the application process or to submit a request for nomination.

2012 Clearwater County 4-H Volunteers of the Year

As a former 4-H member, I know the value of 4-H as a youth development organization and its role in strengthening communities.  This year in an unusual double nomination for Clearwater County 4-H Volunteer of the Year, two volunteers from Bagley were selected for their efforts above and beyond to improve their 4-H organization.  Lindsay Anderson was recognized for her improvements to 4-H dog programming and her leadership role with Clearwater County 4-H Ambassadors.  Marie Powell was also recognized for her improvements to 4-H horse programming, her work overseeing 4-H finances, and her role as leader of the Woodside Workers 4-H Club.  Congratulations to Lindsay and Marie, and many thanks for all their hard work on behalf of 4-H members!

Hutchinson EDA Wins Second Award

The Hutchinson Economic Development Authority (EDA) won the 2012 Economic Development Marketing Award, an impressive recognition from the Economic Development Association of Minnesota.  It will be the second time in three years that the Hutchinson EDA has received this honor.  This top recognition is based on the EDA board's efforts in a media campaign to brand Hutchinson as "Minnesota's Manufacturing City."  The award will be presented at the organization's winter conference in Minneapolis this January.

Farm Bill Update

I was a guest on News & Views and AgriTalk this week to give an update on the farm bill.  t’s disappointing but it appears that, most likely, Congress will not pass a new five-year farm bill before the end of the year.  Permanent law will go into effect which, I hope, will spur Congress to action and we’ll be able to finish a new farm bill early next year.

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This Week in American History

Territory included in the Louisiana Purchase is marked white in the depiction above
Photo courtesy of National Atlas of the United States

On December 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans. The exchange of territory included roughly two thirds of what we now know as the state of Minnesota.  Because a majority of the land remained unexplored wilderness at the time, the United States got a bargain at under five cents per acre.  Less than a year later, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led their famous expedition to explore the newly purchased wilderness.