Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 3/29

Mar 29, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Dear Friends,

DC got a dose of cold weather on Monday with some light snow, covering the early cherry blossoms.  This week I went to the Red River Watershed Management Board annual conference, and I spoke to folks about the role that the farm bill can play in water retention projects like the one in Fargo/Moorhead.  Included in the newsletter below are some important ways that my office can be a resource to constituents in the 7th District.  Please do not hesitate to let me know how my office can better serve you!


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Red River Board Annual Conference

On Tuesday, I attended the Red River Watershed Management Board & Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group annual conference in Moorhead to stress the importance of getting a farm bill done this year. The farm bill includes funding for water retention projects that could potentially have enough of an impact throughout the Red River Valley that the Fargo/Moorhead diversion project could be reduced in size.

My Office as a Resource

My offices in the 7th District and in DC are here to help you, so please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance.  Below are some resources my office provides:

My office offers the option for constituents to purchase a U.S. flag and have it flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of special occasions.  Flags are available in nylon or cotton material and come in a variety of sizes.  Flags can be flown on a specific date, although it is recommended to submit those types of requests at least five weeks ahead of the desired date to be flown.

Are you planning a visit to Washington, D.C.? While you are here, I encourage you and your family to stop by my D.C. office. Whether you're coming on a short business trip, or an extended family vacation, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular federal attractions in our Nation's Capital with advance notice.

If you can't get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, my office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. While I cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, I will do my best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your problem.

As your 7th District Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.  For more information, you can visit my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

This Week in American History

Washington DC celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 - April 14, 2013.  In 1912, Japan sent 3,000 flowering cherry trees as a gift to the United States and Washington to honor the friendship between our two nations. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing today near the John Paul Jones statue at the end of 17th Street. Eleven varieties of trees in total were planted around the Tidal Basin, home to the Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. Over the years, Japan has continued to send thousands of more cherry trees as a sign of respect to the alliance between Tokyo and Washington.  Today's Festival has grown into an expansive springtime celebration, and more than 1.5 million people visit DC each year to admire the blooming cherry trees and participate in the festivities honoring the friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

Constituents Visit DC

Magnuson Family (Alexandria), Nudell Family (Frazee), Lewis Family (Spicer)

Aimee, Beth, and Bruce Anderson (Moorhead and Duluth)