Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/27/2017

Summer in Yellow Medicine County

Dear Friends,

After a short legislative week here in Washington, I am happy to see continuing progress on several issues important to Minnesotans. The Senate has introduced a partner bill to address the Gray Wolf Management issue, the House passed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act to improve phone service in rural areas, and I co-founded the Franchise Caucus for the 115th Congress. This week also brought progress on community issues back in Minnesota, with new initiatives launched to help protect our natural resources, improve agricultural conditions, and support our military.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Minnesota Water Summit

Today, members of my staff attended Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Water Summit, joining over 500 community leaders at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith have declared a Year of Water Action to focus on improving access to clean water across Minnesota. 

Small Grain Update Meetings

This Tuesday, my staff attended several small grain update meetings in Hallock, Argyle and Red Lake Falls. These meetings were sponsored by the Commodity Research and Promotion Councils and the U of M Extension, along with other Ag Industry sponsors. Agricultural specialists addressed a variety of topics including wise marketing, best seed varieties from the research, and pest and disease management. 

Air Force Bases

A two-year process is beginning to find home air bases for the KC-46A refueling tanker. There are five air bases that are in the process, and one of these is the Grand Forks Air Base in Grand Forks, ND. The initial meeting presented the process to the public, and the next step will be the preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The proposed action is for either 24 or 36 KC-46A tanker aircraft at an active duty Air Force Base within the continental United States. Additional information is available at:

Legislative Update

Gray Wolves Update

Progress is being made on a legislative fix to the gray wolf problem. On Tuesday, Senator Johnson (R-WI) introduced a Senate version of my bill to delist gray wolves from federal protections and return their management back to the states in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming. Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Baldwin (D-WI), Barrasso (R-WY) and Enzi (R-WY) joined Senator Johnson in introducing the bill. I look forward to our bills being moved through Congress and signed into law.

House passes Rural Call Completion Bill

This week the House unanimously passed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act. Persistent phone call completion problems in rural communities are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety.

The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the FCC to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit voice calls to help ensure businesses, families, and emergency responders can count on phone calls being completed. Rural America should have confidence that their calls are completed without disruption. It will now be sent to the Senate where it is expected to pass and go to President Trump’s desk for signature into law.

Franchise Caucus launch

This week I launched the Congressional Franchise Caucus for the 115 Congress with my colleague Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13). The caucus’ goal is to highlight many contributions franchises add to the economy and to provide data about the economic effect and future development of franchises in all 50 states and 435 congressional districts.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I hope everyone takes the time today to remember the great costs of World War II and the staggering number of lives lost.

This Week in American History

Grand Portage National Monument, established by Congress in 1958 and located within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, was dedicated when Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton accepted the site from the Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The eight and one-half mile “Great Carrying Place” near the mouth of the Pigeon River was a major gateway into the interior of North America for exploration, trade, and commerce.

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 was built in 1888 and still serves as its county’s courthouse today…

Congratulations to Lillian Ortendahl of Osakis for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the Ottertail Otter Mascot in Fergus Falls!

Share your guess on our website –

“A Ghostly Visitor”
Kennedy Truscinski (GREENBUSH)