Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/6/2017

Jan 12, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Health

Chippewa County

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! It is an honor to serve as your Representative in Washington, D.C. during the 115th Congress, which is off to a fast start. I look forward to continuing my work on the issues most important to Minnesotans and representing the 7th District’s best interests here in Washington. Thanks for keeping in touch; I hope you have a good start to a great year.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Welcoming Congressman Lewis

The Minnesota Congressional Delegation welcomed its newest member this week. Representing the 2nd Congressional District, Congressman Jason Lewis was officially sworn into office this Tuesday, January 3. I look forward to collaborating with Congressman Lewis to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

Priorities for the 115th Congress

As we move into the first week of the first session of the 115th Congress, I am reminded of the issues at stake for the people of Minnesota. It is my priority this year, as in all years past, to fight for Minnesotans in every area. This year, I am placing special focus on protecting the agriculture industry through the next farm bill, rolling back burdensome regulations, developing new initiatives in infrastructure - from roads to broadband - and fixing unmanageable health care costs. Please continue to let me know what issues are important to you by reaching out to me on my website.

National Corn Growers Association

Kevin Skunes (Arthur, ND)

Kevin Skunes, First Vice President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), stopped by my office on Tuesday to visit about the new Congress and the incoming Trump Administration. Kevin grows corn and soybeans near Arthur, N.D. We talked about issues impacting agriculture in the Midwest, including the search for the new Secretary of Agriculture, farm programs and the next farm bill, and the Renewable Fuel Standard. I look forward to working with Kevin as he becomes president of NCGA later this year.

Association of Minnesota Counties

Gary Hendrickx (AMC President, County Commissioner, SWIFT COUNTY); Julie Ring (AMC Executive Director)

On Wednesday I met with leaders from the Association of Minnesota Counties. The 38 counties that make up the 7th Congressional District play an important role in administering federally funded programs and social services that Minnesotans rely on every day. In the meeting we discussed the outlook for a number of federal issues including the importance of preserving financing options for local governments; stopping radical proposals to block grant and cut programs like Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP; and the importance of investing in infrastructure from roads to broadband. Another issue that continues to be important for counties is the need for Congress to find a responsible path forward to fix the many problems with our health care system without jeopardizing some of the provisions that cover Minnesotans if they have pre-existing conditions or allow young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan.  

Minnesota Department of Human Services

On Thursday, members of my staff in Detroit Lakes met with Roberta Downing, Director of Federal Relations for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, along with MDHS Assistant Commissioner Santo Cruz, in an effort to share information on health care and services for children, families and the elderly. The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps to provide essential services to Minnesota's most vulnerable residents to ensure that seniors, children, people with disabilities and others have their basic needs met and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To learn more about their work, visit:


Yesterday, my staff aide Jacki Anderson attended a 10 year anniversary event for RVI, a manufacturer in Redwood Falls. RVI is a great example of the ingenuity of our Minnesota businesses and I congratulate them on their 10 years of success. You can learn more about RVI by visiting their website:


National Endowment for the Humanities Exhibit

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is hosting the NEH-funded exhibition The Power of Children: Making a Difference from January 28 to March 16. The Power of Children: Making a Difference shares the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White—three children whose lives teach us powerful lessons about the importance of making a positive difference in the world.
The exhibition is one of many NEH-funded exhibitions that travel to locations across the country providing high-quality humanities programming. To learn more about the exhibition or to schedule a visit, please contact the Society directly at (218) 299-5511.

This Week in American History

On January 4, 1854, the Territorial Agricultural Society held its first meeting. In 1860, the Minnesota state legislature provided for the organization of agricultural societies, and the group evolved into the State Agricultural Society, which is currently the governing body of the Minnesota State Fair. Today, the State Agricultural Society is made up of delegates from each of the state's 87 county fairs, plus representatives of 43 statewide associations involved in agriculture, horticulture and education. On the same day, the fifth territorial legislature convened in an official capitol building for the first time.

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 is a judicial building currently serving as a county seat…

Congratulations to Cynthia Huse of Madison for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the MOMA Museum of Modern Art at the University of Minnesota Morris!

Share your guess on our website –

“Castle Dwelling”
Abby Newkirk (FERGUS FALLS)