Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 7/7/2017

July 10, 2017

Polk County

Dear Friends,

This week I joined nearly 150 Minnesotans in my hometown of Detroit Lakes to discuss our healthcare system, affordability, and coverage issues, and how proposals in Congress would impact people in the district. As Congress continues to debate solutions to these long standing problems, I am proud to take the time to talk with my constituents face-to-face and try to come up with a solution together. Just like my town hall back in April, I will continue to prioritize listening and working together until we find a fix that works for everyone. Finally, I was happy to spend some time at the Polk County Fair in Fertile at the beginning of this week and celebrate the dedication of their new fair livestock building – the largest north of the cities!

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Detroit Lakes Health Care Forum

This week I had the honor of being one of three featured panelists for a health care forum in Detroit Lakes. I joined Katie Lundmark, Executive Director of Ecumen, and Peter Jacobson, President of Essentia Health, both in Detroit Lakes. The nonpartisan event was put on by the Lakes Area Indivisible group hosting around 150 people ranging from nurses and health care providers to farmers and small business owners. This event gave me the opportunity to answer questions fielded from everyday people as well as provide input on the politics in Washington, D.C. I would like to thank the Lakes Area Indivisible for hosting a well-organized event and for all of those who were able to attend.  You can watch part of my comments online here.

Polk County Fair

One of the activities during my 4th of July district work period was attending local county fairs. The Polk County Fair in Fertile, Minnesota was very special this year. The Fair Board dedicated a new Livestock Building and I was glad to be there. I shared my 4-H experience of showing cattle at my county fair when I was younger and how important fairs are for our youth and their development. The new fair livestock building is 140 feet by 200 feet, making it the largest fair livestock building north of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Red Lake Middle School Featured in NAGB

The National Assessment Governing Board recently traveled around the country to discover how the arts contribute to academic and extracurricular experiences, as well as expanded student development. Red Lake Middle School was chosen from schools nationwide as an example of exemplary art integration. You can watch the video here.

This Week in American History

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress authored the Declaration of Independence, formally explaining our resolution of sovereignty to the world. Every year since, Americans nationwide have celebrated our freedom by honoring our country on the anniversary of this Declaration. As we celebrate the 4th of July, we recognize the courage and sacrifice of those who exemplify the significance of that historic day.

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what was 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, built in 2010, is a great example of modernizing our public buildings to better facilitate business and travel for both our citizens and our neighbors...

Congratulations to Adam Ulbricht of Melrose for being the first to correctly identify our last location as Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne!

Share your guess on our website –

“The Untitled”
Jake Abrams (WILLMAR)