Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/28/2015

Red Lake Falls

Dear Friends,

Rural development projects have long been instrumental in meeting the unique needs of rural America. During my visit to Ada this week, city leaders showed me firsthand how they use development grants and loans to help improve the economy and quality of life in their community. I also had the opportunity to address the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lakes Association award ceremony, and thank the nominees and members for their efforts to be good stewards of the lakes. Finally, I would like to congratulate Army veteran Joe Vene of Bemidji as he receives a 2015 Veteran’s Voice Award.



Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Ada Rural Development

I visited Ada this week to meet with city leaders about some of their recent economic development successes, including two projects that were provided loan and grant funding from USDA Rural Development. I also toured the Weave Got Maille manufacturing facility, which is owned and operated by Edie Edwards. The facility produces beautiful chainmaille jewelry supplies for wholesale and retail markets in more than 50 countries.

Otter Tail County Coalition of Lakes Association

This week, I spoke at the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lakes Association (COLA) Awards Program to acknowledge those who protect and enhance the quality of our lakes and rivers. This year’s volunteer of the year, Jeff Stabnow, has long been a leader in wetlands permitting and public relations. The lake association of the year, Otter Tail Lakes Property Owners Association, has been an instrumental advocate of water quality testing, guarding against invasive species, and organizing shoreline restoration efforts.

Minnesota Farm Bureau

On Monday I met with 15 Minnesota Farm Bureau members from the Norman, Mahnomen, and Becker County area at a farm near Ada to discuss the Farm Bill, Waters of the U.S., Iran, and a number of other issues. I appreciated the opportunity to hear from these producers with their questions and concerns.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees

On Thursday, my staff aide Tom Meium met with the Marshall Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees to present an update of federal legislative action. Social Security, US Postal Reform Legislation, health care issues, and budget issues were among the issues addressed. Federal employees on the local level, both active and retired, are an informed and engaged group whose contributions are important to their communities.

Fish and Shrimp Production in Minnesota

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council sponsored a conference in Willmar highlighting fish and shrimp production. The conference, “Emerging Opportunities for Fish and Shrimp Production in Minnesota,” featured an overview of commercial shrimp production from Dr. Addison Lawrence of Ralco, a leading livestock and nutrition company. Ralco has established a shrimp production division called TruShrimp Systems, which is completing a commercial shrimp production facility in Balaton. TruShrimp is expected to be in production by September, and it is exciting to see a new segment of aquaculture developing in the 7th District.

Community Reinvestment Act Workshop

On Wednesday, my staff aide Toni Merdan attended the West Central Minnesota Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) “Partnering for Success” workshop. The event was sponsored by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) in Granite Falls. The Community Reinvestment Act was enacted by Congress in 1977, and is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the economic development and credit needs of the communities they serve. The workshop was designed to promote discussion and education around the CRA. Representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency were in attendance. 


Veteran’s Voices

Minnesotans from across the state have submitted nominees to be considered for the 2015 Veteran’s Voices Award. This year’s recipients, recently selected by a panel of their peers, include Army veteran Joe Vene of Bemidji. The award recognizes his contributions to both his country and community.

Discovering the 7th

Originally established in the 1980s as a model railroading club, the Northern Lights Railroad Museum has since expanded its mission to preserve the railroad history of the northern Great Plains. The museum, located in East Grand Forks, frequently adds new displays and exhibits on a variety of topics such as railroad communications and an interactive history of Amtrak.

This Week in American History

NPS Mississippi River and Recreation Area                                        

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act on August 25, 1916, creating the National Park Service (NPS). A federal bureau within the Department of Interior, the NPS protects and maintains the nation’s national parks and monuments under its supervision. To commemorate 99 years of wilderness preservation and education, the NPS is offering free admission to 408 national parks, including several sites in Minnesota.

Jack Olson (MILAN)
2015 Congressional Art Competition