Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 4/24/2017

Apr 28, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Health, Transportation

John Denver’s Country Road


Dear Friends,

On Saturday, I will be co-hosting a town hall in Spicer on the current opioid crisis and healthcare concerns facing Minnesotans. With partisanship at an all-time high, it’s more important now than ever to reach across the aisle. In the spirit of bipartisanship, I am encouraging folks to visit with State Representative Baker, State Senator Lang, and myself tomorrow. As I have been traveling around the District this week, I am continually impressed with Minnesotans’ desire to get involved and make a difference, and I believe that we need local, state, and federal stakeholders working together to address this public health crisis.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Twin Cities & Western Railroad and Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority’s Rail Shippers Meeting

I visited with a group of Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority and Twin Cities & Western Railroad members this week to talk about policies in the upcoming farm bill, where change is clearly needed in the CRP, cotton, and dairy programs. I was also happy to answer questions from the crowd to provide additional updates on healthcare, tax reform, infrastructure and transportation. It was great to hear from them and I’m happy to support their important work with short line railroads.

Meadow Star Dairy Tour

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of visiting Meadow Star Dairy near Pennock, MN. CFO Brad Fehr, Manager Arturo Bel Angel, and Community Relations staff Natasha Mortenson took me on a tour of the dairy, the largest in Kandiyohi County. While touring, we discussed challenges and opportunities within in the dairy industry, permitting processes and ideas that could generate greater program efficiency.  

Celebrating Manufacturing in the 7th District

This week I spoke to the Northwestern Manufacturers Association in Roseau. There was a lot of interest on the current policies being discussed here in Washington, especially as the proposed changes might affect their manufacturing companies, from health care to potential tax changes. I am happy to continue to support the many manufacturers here in NW Minnesota as they help keep our rural economy running.

Central Boiler

On Friday, I met with the founder and CEO of Central Boiler Dennis Brazier to discuss legislation I introduced called the Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act of 2017, H.R. 453. The bill would delay a rushed EPA emissions regulation by three years to give the wood heating industry more time to comply with the standard. Central Boiler is located in Greenbush and continues to provide Minnesota jobs and quality products across the nation.


Opioid Issues Town Hall

On Saturday, I will host a town hall meeting focused on the current opioid epidemic and other healthcare concerns facing Minnesota:

WHEN: Saturday, April 22 @1 p.m.

WHERE: Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center 

  •                12718 10th Street NE
  •                Spicer, Minnesota 56288

Congressional Art Competition Deadline Approaches

As the Art Competition deadline of May 5, 2017 is only two weeks from today, I encourage all of our incredibly talented high-school artists to continue submitting art for our consideration. For more information, you can visit my website.

National Park Week

Did you know there are over 400 amazing National Parks in the U.S.? In honor of National Park Week, get out and explore a National Park Service site near you; admission will be waived at all National Park Service sites on April 15-16 and April 22-23 in honor of National Park Week.

Red Lake High School to be featured by the Kennedy Center

On Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics will answer these questions and more with the release of The Nation's Report Card: 2016 Arts — the only source of nationally representative data that measures students’ skills in creating and responding to visual art and music. A local high school from Red Lake will be featured as an example of strong combined arts and academic program. I’m always proud of our continued efforts to expand and enrich our arts. For more information, visit the release event web page.

This Week in American History

Minnesota Department of Education exhibit for traveling libraries, c. 1925

In 1899, Minnesota’s state legislature created the state public library commission, enabling rural communities without access to educational materials to receive free public traveling libraries. These traveling libraries included sets of twenty-five or fifty books on general subjects, once a community had finished utilizing them, they could simply ship them back and request another set. The demand for traveling libraries stayed strong into the 1950s, but limited resources and other pressures on the small staff of the Department of Education's Library Division caused the program to shrink, until in 1956, the state's traveling library program ended entirely.

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 highlights a log cabin and steam-powered flour mill right on Middle River. This state park is over 400 acres of preserved history, beginning in 1882…

Congratulations to Roland Rauenhorst of Olivia for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the original Lake of the Woods County Courthouse in Baudette!

Share your guess on our website –

Allison Kneisl (Maynard)