Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/6

Sun Dog in Fergus

Dear Friends,

This week winter arrived in the Seventh District with temperatures dropping well below freezing. In Washington on Wednesday I was joined by Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Minnesota State Legislators to discuss issues important to Minnesota. Dr. Robert Bosl, who for many years was the only physician in Starbuck, was named the 2013 National Country Doctor of the Year by Staff Care. The 34th Red Bull Infantry welcomes new incoming division commander Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt on Saturday. In economic development news, the village of Big Elbow Lake broke ground on a new community center.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson

Minnesota 7th District

Farm Bill Update

The four Agriculture Committee leaders met this week and made some good progress on farm bill negotiations. We're continuing discussions and I'm somewhat optimistic for this coming week. I am scheduled to discuss the farm bill with Joel Heitkamp on KFGO's News and Views on Monday.

State Legislators Head to Capitol Hill

State Legislators: Sen. Melissa Wicklund, Rep. Sandra Masin, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, and Sen. Scott Dibble.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum and I met with several MN state legislators on Wednesday to discuss issues affecting our state. We spoke about the Farm Bill Conference, the Water Resources Development Act Conference, the Budget Conference and the Marketplace Fairness Act. The meeting was organized as a part of the National Conference of State Legislators Fall Forum, which ran through Friday. We also had an opportunity to meet with State House Assistant Minority Leader Paul Torkelson while he was in Washington with the Conference.

Starbuck Physician Named Doctor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Bosl of Starbuck, who was named 2013 Country Doctor of the Year. When the Starbuck Hospital closed in 2005, Dr. Bosl and his wife invested their savings to open a clinic in Starbuck. For many years he was the only physician there. Now, Dr. Bosl regularly travels forty miles round-trip to Stevens County Medical Center in Morris. A Vietnam Veteran, Dr. Bosl has put around 200,000 miles on his car as he travels from Starbuck to Morris and makes occasional house calls to see patients. Thank you to Dr. Bosl for your commitment and service to the community and region.

To read more about Dr. Bosl’s award click here.

Military Matters

34th Red Bull Infantry Division Flag

Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will receive a new, incoming division commander Saturday during a change of command ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard Armory. Brigadier General Neal G. Loidolt has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1984 and received his commission in 1987 through St. Cloud State University’s ROTC program. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2009, and held multiple senior staff positions. I wish Brig. Gen. Loidolt and the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division all the best as they continue to protect and serve the citizens of Minnesota and the nation.


CEO Paul Beckwith

I met with Paul Beckwith, CEO of Butamax Advanced Biofuels, to talk about the retrofit of the Highwater Ethanol plant in Lamberton for the production of biobutanol.  Butamax and Highwater began installation of Butamax's corn oil separation technology in early October.  This is the first phase of the project, and ethanol would be converted to butanol after phase two. 

We also discussed the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during our meeting. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing on its proposed 2014 RFS rule. Butamax was one of approximately 140 participants who were scheduled to testify.

Big Elbow Lake Community Center

Groundbreaking ceremony for the village of Big Elbow Lake

Last week, the White Earth Tribe broke ground on a new community center for the village of Big Elbow Lake, located on the White Earth Reservation. The community center will be home to the Elderly Nutrition Program. A combination of funding from USDA Rural Development, the Mardag Foundation, and tribal funds helped to make the facility possible.

This Week in American History

Courthouse in Ivanhoe (Lincoln County Seat)

On December 5th, 1873, Lincoln County was successfully created out of the western part of Lyon County. A month earlier, Minnesota voters approved by popular vote the establishment of a county named after the Civil War President. It took the Minnesota Legislature four attempts to finally establish Lincoln County. Three previous attempts failed because legislators could not gain enough votes from the public for approval. Lincoln County is located in southwest Minnesota and borders the state of South Dakota, Yellow Medicine, Lyon, and Pipestone counties. 

“Light Rays”

Kaitlyn Wurst (FRAZEE VERGAS)

2013 Congressional Art Competition