Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 7/29/2016

Jul 29, 2016 Issues: Health

The beginning of sunflower season
in Barnesville

Dear Friends,

This week, I joined several local healthcare providers and advocates to discuss the work needed to support and strengthen our health care system. I toured a DaVita Dialysis site, and met with volunteers from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the National Council on Independent Living. I will continue to work on improving healthcare system and support reducing costs while increasing accessibility. Finally, I was happy to join the 4-H Food Stand at the Becker County Fair, and promote their efforts on agriculture education.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Becker County Fair

This Thursday, I was happy to serve as an Honorary Host of the 4-H Food Stand at the Becker County Fair. Every summer, thousands of 4-Hers participate in county fairs as they showcase their knowledge and skills while also educating the public about the subjects they've chosen. This is one of my favorite events of the year, and I’m proud to support the 4-Hers’ hard work.  To learn more about the county fairs in your area, visit

DaVita Dialysis

I toured the Davita Moorhead Dialysis facility in Dilworth this week to learn about the treatments and support services available to Minnesotans living with chronic kidney failure. With seven DaVita facilities operating in the 7th District, rural communities have access to leading dialysis services from the experienced nurses, care technicians, dieticians, and social workers that they employ. We also discussed the “Dialysis PATIENT Demonstration Act of 2016” which I recently co-sponsored to help establish an integrated dialysis care program.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

I met with volunteers from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this week to discuss the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). This program supports research to prevent and cure Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and provides grants for diabetic services in Tribal and Native American health programs. Diabetes is an increasingly common disease in Minnesota, and I will work to help ensure that the SDP is renewed before it expires next year.

National Council on Independent Living

Minnesota representatives from the National Council on Independent Living visited my office this week to discuss their efforts to enhance the autonomy of people with disabilities. The Centers for Independent Living (CILs) operating within the 7th District offer community based support that helps create, continue, and maintain independent living environments. I appreciate the progress that the Council has made in providing disabled Minnesotans with more control over their services and lifestyle.

Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission Annual Meeting

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission held its annual tour to highlight regional economic development and tourism projects on July 26, visiting sites in Milan, Watson, and Montevideo. The UMVRDC  is a five county development agency providing services to local units of government.  Its membership is comprised of townships, cities, counties, school boards, and public interest groups. It covers Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Yellow Medicine County Commissioner Gary Johnson will chair the UMVRDC in 2016-17.  He succeeds Swift County Commissioner Gary Hendrikx as chair. Above you can see solar developer David Eide talk about a 40 kW solar array at Crossings by Grandstay Hotel in Montevideo, and The Milan Village Arts School, which is a nonprofit member supported organization founded in 1988.


Benson Municipal Airport

The Department of Transportation awarded Benson Municipal Airport a grant this week to improve the facility’s safety measures. Rural airports are often a lifeline and provide economic support to communities in the region, and it is important that they remain safe and in good operating condition.

Vietnam Era Veteran Photographs Sought

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is committed to publicly thanking and honoring military Veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, and is seeking photographs of area Veterans who served in the military at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. In honor of their service, the Veteran photographs will be displayed online and in exhibits at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center and VA Clinics in Brainerd, Montevideo, and Alexandria.

Participation is voluntary and written consent is required from all participants. Spouses or next-of-kin of deceased Vietnam War era Veterans can also submit photos of their loved ones. Photo submission and consent forms are available online at, at the Bldg. 1 reception desk at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, or at the VA Clinics in Brainerd, Montevideo and Alexandria. 

To make a submission, send a copy of a photo from the time when you were in the service, or a current photo if desired, as well as written consent to or by mail to:

St. Cloud VA Health Care System
Attn: Veteran and Community Service
4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to:

This Week in American History

On July 27, 1898, Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota’s first Governor, set the cornerstone of the present state capitol building. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the capitol stands as a memorial to Minnesota's Civil War soldiers. The building was completed in 1905 and is still used to this day. 

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what we 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 on a windy day can produce 100% of a nearby school’s energy needs…

Congratulations to Cheryl Breth of Melrose for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the smiling water tower in Freeport!

Share your guess on our website –

Visitors from the 7th

Van, Jolene, Peter, and Grant Fritch-Gallatin (DETROIT LAKES)

“Nature’s Web”
Alea Meyer (SHELLY)