Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/23

Aug 23, 2013 Issues: Health, Veterans

Dedicating the new surgical wing to the Fargo VA Facility

Dear Friends,

On Monday, I attended the ribbon cutting for a new surgical wing at the Fargo VA Medical Center. These high-tech upgrades will help to better serve veterans in western Minnesota. I joined Representative Tim Walz on MPR’s Daily Circuit show Tuesday morning to discuss a number of issues including the Farm Bill and immigration reform. Constituents from across the 7th District came to my Minnesota office to talk about immigration, education, and agriculture issues. This weekend the city of Raymond will hold two days of festivities to celebrate their 125th anniversary.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Fargo VA Health Care Facility Ribbon Cutting

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, Dr.  Frank Lomagistro, and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp

On Monday I joined Senators Amy Klobuchar, Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven at the Fargo VA Medical Center for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate their newly constructed wing which includes a state-of-the-art surgical suite. When I served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, I worked on modernizing the VA health care system, and I am proud that this project is one of the results of that work.

The Fargo VA Health Care System provides medical care and services through the Veterans Health Administration to veterans residing in western Minnesota, North Dakota, and northern South Dakota. The health care system also supports nine community-based outpatient clinics, including two in Fergus Falls and Bemidji.

MPR News Logo

This Tuesday I was joined by Representative Tim Walz on Minnesota Public Radio to update Minnesotans on farm bill and immigration legislation. Click here to listen to the MPR interview.

Constituent Meeting in the 7th

Mark Froemke, Ken Pazdernik, Sister Anna Marie, Jeff Offut, Larry Jacobson, Patrick Lunemann, Dave Davidson, Amber Hanson, Kim Davidson, Jim Meyer, John Keller, and Brad Lehto

This week I met with a group of folks including educators, farmers, faith leaders, and labor leaders for a wide-ranging discussion on the Farm Bill, immigration, education, and other topics.

City of Raymond Celebrates

Local artist Emily Setrum made this painting for Raymond’s 125th anniversary

The City of Raymond, just a twenty-minute drive from Willmar, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend. Raymond can trace is roots back to 1888 when the city became platted. To help mark the city’s historic event, the community is throwing two days of festivities including 125 minutes of bingo, a 5k walk/run around the city, a golf outing, and a classic automobile showcase. At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the city streets will be full with the Harvest Fest Parade. The celebrations will come to a close with music on Saturday evening. 

This Week in American History

Coya Knutson was born in Edmore, North Dakota on August 22nd, 1912. She would become Minnesota’s first female member of Congress and represented the 9th District, which covered northwest Minnesota. Minnesota lost the 9th to a decrease in population and it was redistricted to the 7th. Coya was the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant, graduated from Concordia College, and settled down in Oklee, near Thief River Falls. At the age of 42, Coya shocked Minnesota when she unseated a six-term Congressman and won her way to Washington. She made agriculture and security for family farmers her top legislative priorities, and was promptly selected to be a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Although she made a good impression with her legislative achievements, she narrowly lost her election for a third term. Coya passed away in Edina in 1996 at the age of 82.

Constituents from the 7th

Jonathan and Elizabeth Beck (THIEF RIVER FALLS)

Sue Stenberg (HUTCHINSON), Bodie and Shannon Brice (HUTCHINSON), Ana and Erin Roth (Madison, WI), Gregg and Abby Waylander (MONTEVIDEO), Virgil and Lorabelle Hempstead (MONTEVIDEO)

Oscar Meyer Weiner - Brady Larson - Crookston

Oscar Meyer Weiner
Brady Larson (CROOKSTON)
2013 Congressional Art Competition