Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 8/9

Aug 9, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Storm clouds in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Dear Friends,

As August recess settles in Washington, I returned to Minnesota to meet with local farmers at Farmfest where I was joined by Congressman Tim Walz and other agriculture leaders to provide a farm bill update. With House Republican Leadership continuing to make it more difficult for the Agriculture Committee to do its work, a path to passing a five-year farm bill remains unclear. WE Fest was held last weekend and the music festival brings back memories when I played there with my band in 2005. Breckenridge suffered from strong winds and golf-ball sized hail on Tuesday which caused roof damage to local businesses. This week is also the anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart, one of the military’s highest decorations.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


Farmfest, held on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, is one of the largest agriculture events in the world featuring ag-related products and services. Nearly 35,000 people from across the Midwest come to the event each year to see farm equipment, field demonstrations, political and educational forums, and entertainment for the whole family. This year, Congressman Tim Walz and I participated in a panel addressing the delays in getting a farm bill passed. Here are some pictures and highlights of the coverage from this year's event…

Clockwise from top left: Brad Gniffe and Roger Bucholz of Prairie Wind International and Julie Rath of Redwood County EDC, interview with Sean Frey of KLGR Radio in Redwood Falls, KEYC Mankato TV, Linder Farm Network, and Farmfest forum with Congressman Tim Walz.

Here are links to various articles regarding farm bill discussions at Farmfest:
Fargo Forum: “Farm bill plan advancing, but its future unknown”
Marshall Independent: “Finding a middle ground”
The Journal: “Farmfest panel: Pressure Congress on farm bill”


Also this week I discussed the current status of the farm bill with AgriTalk radio on Thursday. You can listen to the program here.

WE Fest

The Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes was full of country music lovers last weekend for WE Fest, one of the largest annual country music and camping festivals in the nation. This year's concerts included country legend Kenny Rogers, along with current stars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. Hats off to the organizers, employees, and all the law enforcement officials who worked hard to keep WE Fest a safe and successful event.

Folks enjoying the music at this year’s WE Fest (photo courtesy of the Fergus Falls Journal)

Eric Church on stage at WE Fest 2013 (photo courtesy of the Fergus Falls Journal)

Storm Damage in Breckenridge

Storm wreaks havoc
Damage in Breckenridge caused by 80 mph winds last Tuesday (photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News)
Golf-ball sized hail and hurricane force winds blasted through Wahpeton, N.D. and Breckenridge, Minn. this past Tuesday. Some businesses lost their roofs to the wind and rain water flooded through the streets.

This Week in American History

General George Washington created what would become the Purple Heart on August 7th, 1782. The first version was called the Badge for Military Merit and was presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” The design was a purple piece of silk cut in the shape of a heart with the word Merit stitched across the front in silver. On George Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced they would revive the prestige of the Badge of Military Merit and call it the “Order of the Purple Heart.” The new design included a bust of George Washington in the center of a heart-shaped medal. Today’s Purple Heart is a combat decoration awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded by the hands of the enemy and posthumously given to the next of kin of the soldier killed in action. The Order of the Purple Heart is one of the oldest American military decorations for military merit and those who receive it deserve our deepest gratitude.

Constituents from the 7th

Caden and Carter Peterson (Woodbury), Rachel and John Peterson (WARREN), Clark, Denise, Carli, Jenna, and Luke Grannes (BELVIEW), Doug, Delores, and Dylan Swan (BALATON). Sarah and Jennifer Lage (BALATON)

Folks from around the 7th District visited my office for a tour of the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

Megan Quittschreiber (FRAZEE-VERGAS)
2013 Congressional Art Competition