Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 4/6/2018

Apr 9, 2018 Issues: Congressional Issues, Health, Veterans

Bill Taunton Stadium – Willmar

Dear Friends,

This week, I met with folks in the 7th District who expressed concerns about the future of the farm economy in Minnesota. I was asked what I thought the impact retaliatory tariffs would have on agriculture producers and what the Administration’s strategy was to protect agriculture from a trade war. I also spoke with farmers that are disappointed with the way the EPA has handled the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). By undermining the intent of Congress when we developed the RFS, the EPA is threatening corn and soybean producers when they are already hurting. As Congress looks to reauthorize the farm bill, it is vital that Congress strengthens, not weakens, the marketplace for American producers.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

 KASM Dairy Discussion Panel in Albany

On Wednesday I was in Albany, where I spoke alongside a panel of agriculture experts to answer questions about the dairy industry. I heard from folks about the challenges they are facing, and about the solutions they would like to see implemented. I also answered several questions about recent developments in trade, the RFS and the farm bill. It is a turbulent time for America’s producers, and I value the input of Minnesotans to make policies that work for them.

Inauguration of Chancellor Holz-Clause

U of M Crookston Chancellor Holz-Clause // Devin Brown, United States Coast Guard

Today, I was glad to witness the inauguration of Mary Holz-Clause as the sixth Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston. Chancellor Holz-Clause has spent much of her life working in the Agricultural Business sector, and I am certain that she will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

Following the ceremony, I met Devin Brown. Devin is a young man from Houston, Texas who realized his dream of becoming a pilot through the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Aviation program.

Fergus Falls State of the City Luncheon

Mayor Ben Schierer // Mayor Schierer and his daughter Beatrice

On Thursday, I attended the Fergus Falls State of the City Luncheon. It was exciting to hear from Mayor Ben Schierer about the last year, and his plans for the future of Fergus Falls. While I have had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Ben Schierer many times over the last year, it was a real pleasure to meet his daughter Beatrice, the fifth-grade student council representative.

Lunch in Freeport

This week, I had lunch with former State Rep. Bud Heidgerken and a group of area residents to catch up on the latest news. Always good to visit with locals to hear what’s really happening in our communities.

Pioneer Public’s “Your Legislators”

I was a featured guest on Pioneer Public’s Your Legislators on Thursday night, which is moderated by Minnesota state Supreme Court judge Barry Anderson. The show primarily hosts legislators from the state level, however every now and then federal legislators are invited to come on and speak. Our discussion focused on policy-making in Washington, and I also took questions from viewers. I shared my thoughts on the status of the farm bill, tax issues facing farmers, and improving the federal budget process. I would like to thank the Pioneer Public staff for this program which connects Minnesotans with their State and Federal legislators.

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Today, my staff met with immigration lawyers from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and visa issues facing folks around the 7th District.

White Earth State of the Nation Address

(Right) Peter Haddeland, President & CEO, First National Bank Mahnomen and Terrence Tibbetts, Chairman, White Earth Reservation

The White Earth Nation celebrated their State of the Nation Address on Thursday. The festivities included native Ojibwa songs performed by students of the local elementary school and the speech from Chairman Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts. The Chairman thanked everyone for helping to make 2017 a good year, and expressed his optimism for the future of the White Earth Nation. In his words, “today’s goals are more challenging than ever, but the future of White Earth is brighter than ever.”

Minnesota National Guard Briefing

My staff assistant Meg Louwagie attended the National Guard Briefing this week.  The Minnesota National Guard is currently working on bonding proposals that support soldiers, airman and service families as well as modernization of equipment and upgrading facilities. 


National Retirement Planning Week

April 9-13 is National Retirement Week, a national effort to encourage Americans of all ages to plan for their financial needs in retirement. Saving for retirement can be a daunting subject for some people, but is important to get an early start. National Retirement Week is a perfect opportunity to learn how to effectively plan for your retirement, and to speak with professionals interested in helping you save.

For more information on National Retirement Week, and for retirement planning resources, visit

New Medicare Cards

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires the removal of the Social Security Number (SSN)- based Health Insurance Claim Number from Medicare cards to address the current risk of medical identity theft. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing the new SSN-free cards to Minnesotans after June 2018. Beginning January 1, 2020, only the new card will be usable. The new card will not change any Medicare benefits.

To receive email notifications about the delivery of your new Medicare Card, visit

U.S. Service Academy Information Night

Students, family members, and interested individuals will have the opportunity to learn about the programs, opportunities and life at U.S. service academies. In addition, they will hear about the application process for each academy as well as the Congressional nomination process. This session is open to anyone interested in attending an U.S. Service Academy. I am always happy to help people in the 7th District with the academy nomination process, and I wish all applicants the best of luck.

Weather and Climate Newsletter March/April

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its Weather and Climate Newsletter for March and April 2018. It contains topics such as recent snow events, March temperature and precipitation averages, as well as an April outlook.

You can view an animated presentation of the report here.

This Week in American History

Dismantling a still in Saint Paul, 1925

On April 5, 1852, the citizens of the Minnesota territory approved a prohibition bill by a vote of 853 to 662. The measure, which would have outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, was declared unconstitutional in November of that year. However, the federal government would later implement a national ban on the production and sale of alcohol in 1920. The federal prohibition of alcohol lasted from 1920 to 1933.

What’s the Story?

The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, now garrisoned in Rosemount, provides training and support to ten National Guard brigades across Minnesota and eight other states. The 34th was created in 1917 from National Guardsmen from Minnesota and throughout the Midwest. The unit went on to serve in both World Wars, and in modern conflicts, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This 34th Infantry Red Bull placard is displayed in my Washington, D.C. office out of respect for the Red Bulls’ many years of service to our country.

Bluestem Amphitheater - Moorhead