Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 7/6/2018

Jul 9, 2018 Issues: Transportation

Flooding outside of Lucan

Dear Friends,

This week as our country celebrated Independence Day, our state faced a range of weather extremes. Heavy rains, swelling rivers and a tornado caused extensive damage throughout Minnesota, leading Governor Mark Dayton to declare a state of emergency in 36 counties and one tribal nation. I will continue to monitor the situation as floodwaters recede, and as preparations are made to deal with any lasting damage.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Storm Damage in the 7th

(Left) Redwood County Commissioners and Members of the Walnut Grove Fire Department // Senator Tina Smith, Governor Mark Dayton and I meet with local officials in Walnut Grove

A series of storms since early June have caused flooding, wind and tornado damage throughout Minnesota. On Thursday, storms dropped an additional 3-10 inches of rain over parts of southwestern Minnesota, pushing Governor Mark Dayton to issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 36 counties and the Red Lake Nation. Flooding in Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties forced many roads to be closed, and others to be washed away by the  floodwaters.


An EF1 tornado touched down west of Bemidji State University on July 4, bringing wind speeds of 100 miles per hour. The wind uprooted trees, damaged roofs, and lifted a garage off its foundation.

On Friday, I traveled to Walnut Grove and Balaton to meet with local emergency management officials as well as local elected officials as they assess damage. My staff and I will continue to monitor communities who may be impacted by rising rivers.

Melrose Princess Jennifer Munoz

Last Saturday, I met with Jennifer Munoz, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and Melrose Princess to discuss DACA, Dreamers and immigration policies. Jennifer openly shared her story with me and her concerns for the future. I believe Congress needs to address DACA in a timely manner to ensure our youth, like Jennifer, know they will have a stable future. I am committed to working on a solution for Jennifer and others being impacted by uncertainty. 

Advocacy in Marshall

Asamblea de Derechos Civiles - Marshall Chapter and Marshall Area Peace Seekers came to my Marshall office this week. My staff met with them to hear their thoughts about immigration reform, DACA, and the Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy.

A Capitol Fourth

On July 4, Washington, D.C. celebrated the 38th rendition of A Capitol Fourth. The concert, broadcast nationwide, featured musicians performing original and traditional songs to honor the anniversary of the birth of the United States. Spectators crowded the lawn of the Capitol Building, the National Mall, and the White House for a chance to watch the fireworks that came toward the end of the program.

This Week in American History

Minnesotans attack Wilcox’s Confederates at Gettysburg – Painting by Don Troiani

At Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, 262 members of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment charged a much larger Confederate force. The First Minnesota succeeded in slowing the advance but the battle cost them 215 casualties—a stunning 82 percent of the regiment. The next day, the remaining soldiers helped repel Pickett's charge, capturing the flag of the Twenty-eighth Virginia Regiment in the process.

What’s the Story?

(Top, left to right) Old Habits – MN04, Prince – MN07, The Flower – MN08, Ray of Color – MN06 (Bottom) On My Honor – MN02, My Best Work – MN01, When I Was Five – MN03, Disaster – MN05

The winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition have been hung in Washington. Each year, one piece from each of the 435 congressional districts is chosen to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. I chose Jenika Moen of Bagley’s piece titled Prince as the winner for the seventh district. The art pieces shown above are the winners for Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

Beardsley – Big Stone County