Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/5/2018

Deer in the Snow

Dear Friends,

As we begin the New Year, I am ready to head into a new session of Congress determined to reach bipartisan agreement on important measures. The farm bill and an infrastructure bill are two promising areas where both parties should be able to find agreement on real solutions for the people of Minnesota. This week, Minnesota welcomed a new member of our Congressional Delegation – Senator Tina Smith. I look forward to working with her, and all of my colleagues, as I continue to represent the 7th District’s best interests here in Washington.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Welcoming Senator Smith

Former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was officially sworn in as Minnesota’s newest Senator this week. Senator Smith was joined by Senator Klobuchar and escorted by former Vice President and Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale. I look forward to collaborating with Senator Smith in the future.

Priorities for the Second Session of the 115th Congress

As we move into the second session of the 115th Congress, I will continue to prioritize Minnesotans first and foremost. In 2018, I will place special emphasis on protecting our agriculture industry and rural economy as we develop the next farm bill, cut back red tape that stifles our growth, build upon our work to expand vital infrastructure projects, and reach compromise to finally fix our broken healthcare system. Please continue to let me know what issues are important to you by reaching out to me on my website.

KFGO Interview

I was a guest on KFGO News and Views with Joel Heitkamp this past Tuesday morning and we talked about policies for the new year. The Agriculture Committee is hoping to advance a farm bill early this year in the House. Joel and I discussed potential changes to the bill's nutrition and conservation programs.  Healthcare continues to be one of my top priorities in Congress, especially when our rural communities have been directly affected. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in the coming weeks.

Listen to the interview here.

Sun Dogs in the Seventh

Sun Dogs were spotted on Highway 59 this winter. A Sun Dog, formally called a parhelion in meteorology, is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of bright spot to the left or right of the Sun. Two sun dogs often flank the Sun within a 22-degree halo and are caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. This winter, keep an eye out for this Minnesotan specialty.

Winsor Products Company

This week, my staff aide visited the Winsor Products Company’s Lefse Factory just north of Gonvick. This small factory produces Mrs. Olson's Lefse, best known for their signature square shape. The owners, Ron Edevold and Mark Edevold have been sharing their love of lefse since 1959.


Lake Region Arts Council Mentor Program

The Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is offering $600 scholarships for students grades 9-11 who live in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, or Wilkin counties who are interested in working one-on-one with a professional artist or attending an art workshop. These scholarships encompass all arts disciplines: Writing, Performing Arts, Music, Dance, Poetry, Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Costuming, Multi-Media, Architecture, Photography and more. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. For more information and to apply online visit

VA to Improve Timeliness of Payments

This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a multi-part plan to improve the timeliness of payments to Community Providers. Improving timeliness of payments to community providers is a critical element in VA’s goal of building a community care program that is easy to understand, simple to administer, and meets the needs of Veterans and their families, community providers, and VA staff.

You can find resources for community care providers online here or learn more about the new community care network in this video.

This Week in American History

On this day in 1928, Walter Mondale was born in Ceylon. A lifelong public servant, who graduated from the University of Minnesota and served in the U.S. Army, Mondale represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, held the vice-presidency under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, ran for president against Ronald Reagan, and served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.

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 location is the Northernmost state park in Minnesota and served as a community food source for indigenous peoples and traders up until the early 1900s…

Share your guess on our website –

Kandiyohi County Sunrise