Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 6/3/2016

Jun 3, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Health

Itasca State Park

Dear Friends,

The House of Representatives was in a district work period this week, giving me the opportunity to head home and meet with groups throughout Western Minnesota. I toured Lakewood Health Center and the Potlatch lumber mill to see first-hand how hard Minnesotans are working to improve their communities. I was also happy to join a Coffee with Congress session at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to provide an update on the work Congress is doing to aid the not-for-profit community. Today, I enjoyed celebrating Hutchinson’s annual Dairy Days, meeting with County Commissioners and welcoming 3 new McLeod County Dairy Princesses. Additionally, I was honored to receive an award from the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition on my work to fight for U.S. farmers and workers in trade agreements. I’m looking forward to the week ahead, where I will be hosting a listening session in Moorhead on the role of Farm Bill programs including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, along with water drainage management, to help increase crop yields for Minnesota farmers and reduce the risk of flooding in the Red River Valley.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Lakewood Health

Teresa Fisher, Loren Morey, Jennifer Strickland, Brad Anderson

I toured the Lakewood Health System (LHS) hospital in Staples this week to discuss efforts to expand the facility’s telehealth services. LHS is an independent health care system comprised of a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and several primary care clinics in the Staples region. Telemedicine allows patients increased access to medical services at a lower cost, and I will continue to support measures that improve telehealth services in the 7th District as well as the rural broadband internet they depend on.

Potlatch Lumber Mill

Shawn Sunnarborg, Pete Aube, and Wade Semeliss

On Thursday, I visited the Potlatch Lumber Mill in Bemidji to tour their operation. As the Co-Chairman of the Working Forests Caucus, I educate fellow Congressional Members on the economic benefits provided by working forest lands and lumber mills like the one operated by Potlatch. During the tour, I learned from management how they operate their business while conserving forests for future generations.

Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition

Kaela Berg

I was presented with an award from the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition in recognition of my strong support for fair trade practices. I have worked hard in Congress to give a voice to those who could be negatively impacted by trade deals and will continue to fight for our farmers and workers in the future.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

On Friday, I attended the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s ‘Coffee With Congress’ in Detroit Lakes to give nonprofits from western Minnesota the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns about legislation in Congress. Nonprofits often work on the behalf of vulnerable Minnesotans and I support a fair tax system that acknowledges the important role of the nonprofit sector in our communities.

Hutchinson Dairy Day

On Friday, I stopped by Hutchinson to celebrate Dairy Day, an annual fair hosted by the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce. I welcomed the chance to sit down with the McLeod County Commissioners: Ron Schmanski, Doug Krueger, Paul Wright, and Deputy Chief Joel Nagel as well as congratulate the new Dairy Princesses: Ashlee Lukes, Cheyenne Schmidt, and Sierra Swanson.

Kwik Trip

This afternoon, I visited the Kwik Trip in Hutchinson which plays an important role in the community and provides many of its grocery store needs. I was happy to learn about their employee training program, see their renewable fueling options, and I even rang up some customers at the register. 


Listening Session on Regional Conservation Partnership Program

This coming Monday, June 6, I will host an Agriculture Committee Listening Session in Moorhead.

The session will focus on the role of tile drainage and drainage management to complement the work of the Red River Retention Authority (RRRA) under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). We will be looking at the road blocks frustrating farmers as they try to make wider use of tile drainage, including the timeliness of USDA determinations and the ability to mitigate middle of field wetlands. Drainage management practices that NRCS can cost-share on tile drainage and other end of field options to address water quantity and quality will also be discussed.

House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Chairman Glenn “G.T” Thompson (PA), and Reps. Tim Walz (MN), Kristi Noem (SD), and Kevin Cramer (ND) will join the discussion. I look forward to hearing how we can better assist farmers in their water management efforts.

Mayo Clinic PMI Grants

This week, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that it will award $142 million to the Mayo Clinic over 5 years to serve as the national Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program biobank. The PMI Cohort Program will help advance biomedical discoveries and develop new methods for managing and analyzing large data sets. Last March, I joined my colleagues in the Minnesota delegation in requesting that Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine be selected to serve as the biobank tasked with holding the program’s biospecimens. I look forward to seeing the Clinic help accelerate research nationally.

This Week in American History

Les Quatre Braves, “The Brave Four”

On June 4, 2000 a statue was unveiled in Periers, France, commemorating the more than 1,000 men lost in efforts to liberate this Normandy town. The monument, funded from money raised by citizens of the town and veterans of the Ninetieth Division, depicts Virgil Tangborn, a medic from Bemidji, helping the wounded Speese, of Philadelphia. Watching over them is soldier Richard Richtman, of Minneapolis, as Sergeant Tullio Micaloni, of Oneida, Penn., gestures for his tank crew to roll forward.

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what we Spotted in the Seventh? Each week, I will post a picture of a landmark or site somewhere in Western Minnesota. The first person to name the location wins! Then, I will reveal the location of the photo as well as the winner in the next newsletter.

This week’s clue is best known for its unique skyline shapes, and is often accompanied by a neighboring city’s skyline as well…

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Visitors from the 7th

Paul, Hannah, Jennifer, Joshua, and Thomas Killmer (ALBANY)

Angie, Quincie, Audrey, Lydia, and Cory Floden (EUCLID)

Anthony Ruiz (RAYMOND)