Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/19/2016

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Dear Friends,

With no votes in the House of Representatives this week, I took the opportunity to visit with Minnesotans in a number of communities across the 7th. I met with the Perham Rotary Club and the Kandiyohi Corn and Soybean Growers, and I also joined KFGO and AM 1100 Radio to share my thoughts about current events in Washington including next steps for flood protection in the Red River Valley. Lastly, I joined my dad to celebrate his 96th birthday!


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Perham Rotary Club

On Thursday, I traveled to Perham to address the Perham Rotary Club and provide an update to its members on what is going on in Congress, including the gridlock in Congress, transportation funding, and farm bill implementation. It was great to see so many Rotary Club members come out to participate and ask questions.

Kandiyohi Corn and Soybean Growers

Loren Molenaar, Larry Konsterlie (President, Kandiyohi Corn Growers), Chad Willis

On Friday, I met with the Kandiyohi County Corn and Soybean Growers.  Like farmers everywhere in the 7th District, this group was concerned about Waters of the U.S. and GMO labeling - which I think may be the most immediate issue of concern to agriculture. We also discussed prospects for the next Farm Bill. I always value the grassroots opinions of local commodity groups.

Radio Interviews

On Wednesday, I was a guest on AM 1100 The Flag’s Need to Know Morning Show and KFGO’s News and Views. In both interviews, I reviewed the next steps for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion, the prospects of the Senate confirming a new Supreme Court Justice following the passing of Justice Scalia, the impact of EPA energy regulations, and presidential politics.

Lyon County VA Town Hall

The Lyon County VA held a town hall meeting this week where veterans shared a meal and heard presentations from State Senators Gary Dahms and Bill Webber as well as Representative Joe Schomacker. The nearly 60 member group, including my staff aide Meg Louwagie, also heard from Director Barry Bahl from the St. Cloud VA Hospital.

AG Bowl Scholarship Invitational

My staff aide Meg Louwagie participated as a judge in the Prepared Public Speaking Event at the AG Bowl Scholarship Invitational on the SMSU campus on Friday. The Ag Bowl is a competition for FFA members to participate individually or as a team in 15 Career Development Events. This year, 550 FFA members from around area joined in the event.


Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic

On March 17, the Fargo VA Health Care System and Veterans Benefits Administration will hold a Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Town Hall, from 5:00-6:00PM, will provide an opportunity for attendees to share perspective and ask questions about VA health care and benefits. The Claims Clinic, from 4:00-6:00PM, helps veterans submit claims for compensation benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits. For more information, call the Fargo VA HCS Public Affairs office at (701)239-3724. 

Naval Academy Summer Seminar

The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar offers rising high school juniors an opportunity to learn about the institution’s academic, athletic, and professional development programs. Students interested in pursuing an appointment to a national service academy or serving as an officer are encouraged to apply for the program online.

Discovering the 7th

Marvin Windows and Doors (Warroad, 1915) / Visitor Center

The 6,000 square-foot William S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center in Warroad allows guests to explore the innovative history and Minnesotan roots of Marvin Windows and Doors, the largest manufacturer of made-to-order wood window and door products. Visitors can explore a variety of different exhibits, including a life-sized replica of the company’s first delivery truck, a manufacturing showroom, and an opportunity to meet members of William S. “Bill” Marvin’s original sales team.

This Week in American History

The Showy Lady’s Slipper (also known as the pink-and-white Lady Slipper) was named the state flower of Minnesota on February 19, 1902. Although the state flower did not pass into law until 1967, this wild orchid has been protected from commercial sale and picking since 1925. Showy Lady’s Slippers are one of 43 orchids species in Minnesota and can be found in wet prairies throughout much of the 7th.

Happy Birthday, Dad!