Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 4/26

Apr 26, 2013 Issues: Financial Services

Snow still covers the 7th

Dear Friends,

Snow continued to fall in the 7th District this week as our communities brace for the upcoming flood season.  My office is prepared to be a resource for you and your neighbors during this difficult time, so please do not hesitate to call with your questions or concerns.  Our communities are strengthened by the young folks who will lead them into the future, and on Sunday it was an honor to attend the Eagle Scout Ceremony for Troop 656 in Hawley.  I was also glad to announce earlier this week that Henderson Fire and Rescue was selected to receive over $600,000 in grant funding for operations and services as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  It was good to meet with independent community bankers from Minnesota and discuss the importance of regulating banks, especially keeping an eye on those big ones that think they're too big to fail.  Toward the end of the week, my band the 2nd Amendments played at an event for the Rock-n-Roll Caucus.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Eagle Scout Ceremony for Troop 656 (HAWLEY)

Presenting a U.S. flag to Devon Pekas (HAWLEY) in recognition of his achieving Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts.  The ceremony took place at Hawley Lutheran Church.

On Sunday I attended the Eagle Scout Ceremony for five scouts in Troop 656.  It was an honor to join this community in recognizing all the hard work and service done by these young men.  I also presented each scout with a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in their name as celebration of their achievements.  The five scouts who became Eagle Scouts that day were Paris Permenter (HAWLEY), Luke Robson (FARGO), Devon Pekas (HAWLEY), Colin Sprunk (HAWLEY), and Brandon Meyer (HAWLEY).

Henderson Fire and Rescue

A few days ago it was announced that Henderson Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded $603,638 for a county-wide communications project from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  These grants are critical to departments like Henderson Fire and Rescue, and I'm happy to see them get these funds for such an important project.  I'm thankful for all the volunteer firefighters and first-responders who are so critical to all our rural communities.

2nd Amendments Performance

On Thursday my band, the Second Amendments, played at an event for the Rock-n-Roll Caucus in coordination with the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.  It's always great to get the group together, and I enjoy sharing my love of music with my colleagues.  We even had some guest singers, including the House Chaplain Patrick Conroy (pictured above) who lent his voice to a few numbers.  This week I joined the Creative Rights Caucus, a group of Members of Congress who value the arts and recognize the importance of preserving and protecting the rights of the creative community in the U.S.

Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing to Review Horticulture Programs

The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing on Wednesday to review horticulture priorities for the 2013 Farm Bill.

The 2008 Farm Bill was the first to include a title for specialty crop production. The bill expanded the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, established the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and streamlined pest and disease management programs.

The farm bill passed by the Committee last Congress continued these investments, as should the farm bill we will consider next month. We know that there will be budget challenges but I believe we can find a way to continue these important programs.

Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota

The Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota were in town this week and I sat down with them to discuss our mutual concerns about banking regulation, reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, and other aspects of the Frank Dodd Financial Reform Act.  I also thanked them for being a big part of our communities. They are one of the reasons why communities in the 7th District are thriving right now.

Minnesota Association of Townships

Recently I met with members of the Minnesota Association of Townships.  This organization helps give our townships and their leaders the support and representation they need to ensure that the needs of their communities are met.

This Week in American History

On April 20th, 1891, Itasca State Park, which lies within the 7th and 8th districts, became Minnesota’s first established park. The mighty Mississippi River is the second-largest river in the United States, and it begins its 2,552-mile journey in the headwaters of Itasca State Park.  The Mississippi travels from that starting point to the delta of Louisiana where it drains into the Gulf of Mexico. The name “Itasca” comes from the Latin words for “truth” and “head,” signifying the state park as the “true head” source of the Mississippi. This 33,235-acre preserve is home to a wide diversity of wildlife ranging from hummingbirds to deer to black bears and wolves. In the late 1800s, the Minnesota state legislature permanently protected the area by establishing the region as Itasca State Park.

Visitors from the 7th

Jessica and Doug Munsch (NEW AUBURN) pose for a picture inside the Capitol Rotunda.

Maloney Family (DETROIT LAKES); Brenda and Josh Hagen (MOORHEAD); Alex and Alexis Rendon (MOORHEAD); Jackie, Rachel, and LuAnn Durant (MAHNOMEN).
Picture was taken under the “Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” painting inside the Capitol rotunda.