Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/12/2016

Aug 12, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Transportation

Dear Friends,

This week, heavy rains in Kandiyohi and Renville Counties caused a great deal of damage and concern to local residents and officials. As August reaches its mid-point, I continue to travel throughout western Minnesota visiting with the constituents I represent. I toured both Tru-Shrimp Systems and Custom Products Inc., two innovative facilities that serve as industry leaders here in Minnesota. Additionally, this week there was a Public Safety meeting in Mahnomen that included city and county officials, as well as White Earth Tribal Leaders, to discuss better efforts for community-wide justice systems. Finally, I’m happy to share that the Department of Transportation will be awarding grants of almost $3 million to our regional airports in Moorhead, Morris, Pipestone, and Crookston.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Storms in the Seventh

Record-breaking rainfall Thursday night resulted in major damages for businesses, homeowners and communities in Renville and Kandiyohi counties. You can learn more about the clean-up efforts and available resources through the below links:

Click here and here for flood aftermath pictures in Willmar.

Tour of Tru-Shrimp Systems

Michael Ziebell; Brian Knochenmus; Jon Knochenmus; Robert Gervais

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to tour Ralco's Tru Shrimp Systems operations in Balaton, Minnesota.  In 2014 Ralco acquired the license to utilize the patented Tidal Basin technology to produce safe and healthy shrimp for a growing world market.  They constructed an up-scaled research facility and are now looking to the future to construct state of the art harbor operations to produce the shrimp. Company officials also see a positive effect for area farmers since soybean meal makes up about one-third of the shrimp's feed. For more information visit   

Custom Products Inc. in Litchfield

This week I traveled to Litchfield to visit Custom Products of Litchfield Inc. They produce custom cabs, roll-over protective structures and operator protection for the off-highway industry. They're a supplier to global manufacturers and employ 140 people at their Litchfield plant. Randy Reinke, the CEO of Custom Products, is an industry leader in cab design and I enjoyed having lunch with the employees and meeting with their entire team as they discussed manufacturing issues.

Public Safety Meeting Held in Mahnomen

On Wednesday, my staff assistant Toni Merdan attended a public safety meeting in Mahnomen.  Those in attendance represented the City of Mahnomen, the County of Mahnomen, and the White Earth Tribal Council to discuss the possibility of a joint multi-jurisdictional justice center with integrated services.  A feasibility study will be conducted in the coming months.  A tour of the new wing of the White Earth Tribal College was also attended.


On Wednesday, my staff met with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees in Detroit Lakes. The group includes a wide range of current employees and retirees from the US Postal Service, USDA and other federal agencies. The Detroit Lakes chapter is quite active and had a lot of questions about federal legislation related to Social Security, Cost of Living Adjustments, and Postal Reform. NARFE's mission is to focus on preserving and improving the health care and retirement benefits of federal workers and retirees, and they do a great job advocating for those efforts.


Airport Infrastructure

The Department of Transportation awarded grants to the MoorheadMorrisPipestone, and Crookston Municipal Airports this week, helping to improve the safety and infrastructure of the facilities. These grants will ensure airport safety and meet regional air transportation needs.

This Week in American History

Treaty Line, as set in 1842; plaque commemorating the treaty in Washington, D.C.

In 1842, the United States and Great Britain signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which set the boundary between Canada and the U.S. This boundary had been the cause of much dispute since the end of the American Revolution in 1783. After nearly 60 years, this treaty finally signified the northern border of the United States. Minnesota’s curious Northwest Angle is the result of this treaty.

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 might make you tip your “cap” to an old Civil War Relic…

Congratulations to Jim Dieter of Morris for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota in Morris!

Share your guess on our website –

Annie Sandry (CLARA CITY)