Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/25

Jan 25, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Hosting the Minnesota Delegation

Left to right: Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. John Kline,
Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Rick Nolan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,
Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Rep. Keith Ellison


Dear Friends,

It was good to see our Nation's Capitol decked out in red, white, and blue last weekend.  Fergus Falls Marching Band performed in the Inaugural Parade, and I hosted an open house for visiting constituents from the 7th District who were in town for the festivities.  I was also happy to welcome the Minnesota Delegation for a lunch in my office on Tuesday.  This week I met with members of the Minnesota National Guard and the President of Minnesota State University Moorhead.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District



Marching Otters

A marching band is built to march, and what an honor for the Fergus Falls Marching Band to perform in the Inaugural Parade in front of the President of the United States.  I was pleased to send a letter in support of the Fergus Falls Marching Otters who were invited to participate in this year's parade.  This was the band’s second trip to Washington, as they also marched in the 2009 Inaugural Parade. It was good to see them share their talents on the national stage again as they represented the 7th district of Minnesota in our nation’s capital. Congratulations on a job well done!  Click here to watch a video of their performance.

Open House

Hundreds of folks were able to get tickets this year for the Inauguration, and we distributed them at an Open House in my DC office last Sunday.  We visited with constituents from across the 7th District of Minnesota including Tracy, Garfield, Benson, Detroit Lakes, White Earth Nation, Glencoe, Marshall, Hutchinson, Verndale, Thief River Falls, and New London.  We also had a number of 7th District transplants stop by who live in Washington now.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by my office Open House last weekend, and I hope you enjoyed the Inauguration!

Agriculture Ball

I dusted off the guitar to play a few songs at the Agriculture Ball last weekend

Meeting with President Edna Szymanski

On Wednesday I met with Edna Szymanski, the President of Minnesota State University Moorhead.  As a former Dragon, it is always good to catch up with my alma mater.  We talked about the importance that higher education plays in the 7th District which is home to 17 universities and colleges. (1/23)

Military Matters

Meeting with National Guard

Pictured above with Marty Skoglund (Camp Ripley Environmental Manager), COL Scott St Sauver (Camp Ripley Post Commander), COL Bruce Jensen (MN Army National Guard Facilities Management Officer), Jay Brezinka (Camp Ripley Environment Supervisor)

On Tuesday members of the Minnesota National Guard stopped by my office to discuss issues important to Camp Ripley.  It is always an honor to speak with those who serve in our nation's military, and I enjoyed our meeting. (1/22)

Agriculture Committee Update

This week the Agriculture Committee met to formally organize and adopt the Committee’s rules for the 113th Congress. I am hopeful we will be able to complete our work on a five-year farm bill and reauthorize the CFTC, among other issues this year.

Also this week, Democratic Committee members selected their Subcommittee assignments. Minnesota 1st District Rep. Tim Walz will serve as Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry Ranking Member; 8th District Rep. Rick Nolan will also serve on the Subcommittee.

This Week in American History

Although he invented the telephone on October 9, 1876, it was decades later that Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the true reach of this revolutionary communication device.  On January 25, 1915, Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson made a long-distance record telephone transmission across the United States.  This demonstration of the first U.S. transcontinental telephone service took place between New York and San Francisco with a wire over 3,400 miles long.