Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/21/2015

Aug 21, 2015 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy

Hickory Town Hall
Pennington County

Dear Friends,

The August district work period is an excellent opportunity to travel the 7th and connect with constituents. This week, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at several events, including the Agriculture and Energy field Day at Central Lakes College, the grand opening of a new pet food manufacturing facility in Perham and the dedication ceremony of the Roseau Flood Risk Management Project. I also joined the Red Lake Nation in celebrating the completion of its new Nation Capitol. This newsletter also gives constituents an opportunity to share their perspectives on what makes the 7th a great place to live.



Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Central Lakes College Field Day

On Friday, I spoke at the Central Lakes College Agricultural and Energy Center in Staples at their annual Agriculture and Energy Field Day. The center has a rich history of research and support of new opportunities for economic development and agriculture in greater Minnesota since 1968. 

Red Lake Nation Capitol Grand Opening

Photographs courtesy of Ted Fiskevold

On Monday, I helped the Red Lake Nation celebrate the grand opening of the new Red Lake Nation Capitol, which includes a new Government Center, Red Lake Nation College, Pow Wow Grounds, and a Veteran’s Memorial. The buildings were financed by two USDA Rural Development direct loans that will be repaid by the tribe’s gaming operations. Congratulations to tribal members, the Tribal Council, and Hereditary Chiefs on their foresight to construct these new facilities. They will be a source of pride for the Red Lake Nation for years to come.   

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc.

On Wednesday, I was honored to speak at the grand opening of the new130,000 square foot state-of-the-art Tuffy’s Pet Foods manufacturing facility in Perham. The new facility is designed to meet and exceed the expectations of their customers and the stringent requirements of today’s pet food market. KLN Family Brands are four unique and distinct businesses owned by the Kenny Nelson family; Tuffy’s, Barrel O’Fun, Kenny’s Candy and Nut Heads. All four businesses employ approximately 1,200 people and have more than 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space. 

Roseau Flood Risk Management

On Tuesday, I was in Roseau to attend the dedication ceremony for the Roseau Flood Risk Management Project. The 4.5 mile diversion will divert flood water around the city, and also features nine miles of levee, a restriction structure on the Roseau River, inlet and outlet structures, and two bridges that cross the diversion. In June of 2002, the city of Roseau and the surrounding area experienced massive rainfall and overland flooding that caused extensive damage to homes and businesses in the community and beyond. I saw first-hand how devastating this flood event was and how important it was to help the community respond and recover. It was an honor to work with Mayor Jeff Pelowski and Community Development Coordinator Todd Peterson over the last 13 years in their efforts to protect Roseau from future floods. This project, which was a partnership between the city, state and federal government, is critical to future success and development of an important regional center like Roseau.

Riverview Health

Leslie Rasmussen (LPN) and Nicole Johnson (RN)

My tour of RiverView Health in Crookston this week gave me a firsthand look at the increased outreach and quality of care provided to rural hospitals by 340B grants. My tour guides, President and CEO Carrie Michalski and CFO Betty Arvidson, also shared their perspective on the impact that federal grants have in funding projects that help equip rural hospitals with the latest medical technologies.    


Walk-In Access Program

USDA announced a grant award to the Walk-In Access (WIA) program this week, helping to preserve and expand public hunting access to private lands. The grant is provided through USDA’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. In addition to ensuring continued access to more than 22,000 acres of existing WIA hunting land, western Minnesota will gain an additional 8,000 acres over the next three years.

Discovering the 7th

Red Lake County

Representing the 7th District, I have met many people who don’t seem to fully understand the beauty that exists in rural Minnesota. In recent story by the Washington Post, Red Lake County was ranked last in a list of America’s counties by scenery and climate. Unsurprisingly, Minnesotans responded with humor and took the opportunity to highlight what we love about where we live. I invite all of my constituents to share photos to be included in future newsletters of what they think makes the 7th District one of the most special places in the nation.

This Week in American History

The Beatles, Metropolitan Stadium (1965)

The Beatles performed at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis on August 21, 1965. The event, later described as “Shrieksville, U.S.A.,” drew a crowd of more than 4,000. The Pioneer Press, unaware of the legendary status that the band would eventually enjoy, explained that “the Twin Cities were visited by some strange citizens from another world. They wore long hair and wide grins and were easily identified as Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney. They were the Beatles – alleged musicians.”

Visitors from the District

DeAnna, Shianne, and Brent Motschenbacher (DETROIT LAKES)

Ellie Hultgren (RAYMOND)
2015 Congressional Art Competition