Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/22

Feb 22, 2013 Issues: Veterans

Meeting with Minnesota State Legislators
Rep. Andrew Falk, Sen. Tom Saxhaug, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf,
Sen. Kent Eken, Sen. Rod Skoe, Rep. Roger Erickson, Sen. Lyle Koenen


Dear Friends,

I met with several legislators this week at the State Capitol in St. Paul to discuss important issues at both state and federal levels.  On Wednesday I visited with the Board of the Minnesota Corn Growers and we spoke about the remaining work on the farm bill.  I was honored to receive an award of appreciation from Pheasants Forever at this year's Pheasant Fest celebrating their 30th anniversary as an organization.  The VA recently launched a new Center for Innovation to help improve the quality of care and service that our Veterans receive.  I'd like to remind folks that my office is now accepting entries for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and I encourage all creative high school students to submit their artwork to my office. 


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Now Accepting Entries for Congressional Art Competition

Artwork entered in the contest may be paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art, or photography

High-school students who live in Minnesota's Seventh District are welcome to submit their artwork for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to all high-school students, and the overall winner of each participating district will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol.  The deadline for all submissions is April 22, 2013.  For more information and guidelines for submission, please refer to my website at

Pheasants Forever Celebrates 30th Anniversary

I was honored to receive an appreciation award from Pheasants Forever as we celebrated the organization's 30th Anniversary at this year's Pheasant Fest.  The award was presented to me by Howard Vincent (Pheasants Forever CEO) and Robert Larson (Pheasants Forever Chairman).

Minnesota Corn Growers

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak with the Board of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.  We discussed the importance of upcoming work on the farm bill this Congress, and I look forward to seeing them again when they visit D.C. in a few weeks.

Military Matters

VA Launches New Center for Innovation

The Department of Veterans Affairs is launching the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) while building on the success of the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2).  Launched in 2010, VAi2 established a portfolio of more than 120 innovation projects that help the VA identify, test, and evaluate promising solutions that enhance the accessibility and quality of care and services delivered to Veterans. As a permanent part of the department, VACI, which will be the new name for VAi2, will continue to work with professionals from government, industry, and the entrepreneurial community. VACI will add several new programs to expand the VA’s capacity to embrace innovative ideas and address its most critical challenges.  For more information, visit their new website at

Miracle on Ice Anniversary

Thirty-three years ago today, the United States Olympic Men’s Hockey team stunned the world when they defeated the Soviet Union’s Olympic team in the semifinals of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Twelve Minnesota natives were on the roster of the U.S. Olympic Hockey team that year, including the Head Coach, Herb Brooks.  The Soviet Union’s hockey team was widely regarded as the heavy favorite to win another Gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics.  In the height of the Cold War, the game had much more considerable implications for both countries. Although trailing at the start of the third period, the scrappy U.S. hockey team scored two goals in the first ten minutes and kept their lead to the end. With five seconds left to go, sportscaster Al Michaels shouted his famous interjection into the microphone, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!”  This game came to be known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

This Week in American History

Today we celebrate the birthday of our nation's first president.  George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 to a planter family in Virginia.  While managing his family's planter business, Washington became frustrated with British merchants and regulations which he viewed as exploitive.  He would go on to be elected Commander in Chief of our nation's forces in the Revolutionary War, and following that great victory George Washington was unanimously elected president via Electoral College.  The picture above now hangs in the U.S. Capitol depicting Washington resigning his military commission and setting the precedent of civilian rather than military rule in American democracy.

Constituents from the 7th Visit DC

A family from Darwin paused for a photo while on their tour of the U.S. Capitol today.  Pictured from left to right are Rick Seitz, Kris Seitz, Peyton Seitz, Pat Glockner, David Glockner, Ryan Seitz.