108th Congress Press Releases

108th Congress, Second Session

Marshall Airport & education co-op included in federal appropriations bull (11/23/04)

Willmar Airport and industrial park included in federal appropriations bill (11/23/04)

Prairie Farm Center receive $97,000 for construction (11/23/04)

Small businesses affected by weather and agriculture disasters should contact the SBA (10/21/04)

Ethanol and biodiesel tax incentives included in JOBS bill (10/07/04)

Montevideo Recognized in Congress for Their “All-America City” Award (10/07/04)

Peterson Co-sponsors Disaster Legislation, but Says it Will be an “Uphill Battle” (9/14/04)

HUD Grant Will Help Shelter House, Inc. Move forward with New Facility (7/29/04)

Peterson Secures $1 Million in Defense Bill for Mattracks in Karlstad (7/22/04)

Peterson Votes to Improve Access to Small Business Loans (7/8/04)

Ada Awarded FEMA Grant for Storm Sewers (7/06/04)

Peterson Helps Defeat Effort to Ban Snowmobiles in Yellowstone (6/17/04)

Peterson Appreciates VA Decision on Clinics (5/20/04)

Peterson Named Co-Chair of the Frozen Food Caucus (5/14/04)

MMCDC Awarded $35 million Through New Markets Tax Credit Program (5/5/04)

Peterson Awarded NADO Congressional Partnership Award (4/28/04)

Peterson Secures $3.6 Million for Willmar Airport Project (3/30/04)

Peterson Hosting Veterans Meeting in Fergus Falls

Peterson Sponsoring Manufacturers' Meetings In Moorhead & Montevideo

***PRESS ADVISORY*** Peterson press conference in Ada March 12 (3/11/04)

U.S. Chamber "Spirit of Enterprise" Awarded to Rep. Peterson (2/25/2004)

Peterson announces the National Farm Animal Identification and Records (FAIR) Act (02/10/2004)

Peterson reaches out to Pawlenty with transportation concerns (02/02/2004)

Peterson opens Montevideo office (01/24/2004)

Peterson Nominates 11 Students To Military Academies (01/06/2004)

108th Congress, First Session

Field Hearing to Review Crop Insurance Will be Held in Ada: August 13, 2003
A member of the House Agriculture Committee, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn) will be hosting the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management at a field hearing on Tuesday, August 19 in Ada, Minnesota. Read More Here

Peterson’s flood control project requests clear hurdle: July 25, 2003
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said today that his flood control project requests for Roseau, Ada, Borup, Granite Falls, Crookston, Marsh Creek, and the Upper Mississippi Navigation Study have passed the House Transportation Committee. Read More Here

Renville County receives SBA disaster designation: July 25, 2003
The U.S. Small Business Administration has given the SBA Disaster Declaration for homeowners, renters, landlords and business owners affected by the multiple tornadoes that occurred between June 22 and 24 in Renville County and the contiguous counties of Brown, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley and Yellow Medicine. Read More Here

Peterson Disappointed with Agriculture Appropriations Process: July 15, 2003
As Country of Origin Labeling funding was debated on the House floor today, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson expressed frustration at the way House Leadership is handling the issue. Read More Here

Thief River Falls Airport Awarded $895,500 for Construction: July 11, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) announced that the City of Thief River Falls has been awarded $895,500 for their regional airport. Read More Here

Willmar Airport Awarded $2 Million for Continued Airport Construction: July 11, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) announced that the Willmar Municipal Airport has been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for construction on the new airport. Read More Here

Peterson to Attend Elbow Lake Airport Event: June 27, 2003
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be participating in a public information meeting for the Elbow Lake Municipal Airport from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at the airport. The Congressman will be joined by Raymond Rought, Director of the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics, and Janese Buzzell, Manager of the Minnesota Aviation Education Section and Coordinator of the Minnesota Adopt an Airport Program. Read More Here

Moorhead Awarded $1.72 Million for Industrial Park Expansion: June 25, 2003
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced that the City of Moorhead has been awarded $1.72 million towards the expansion of its industrial park by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Read More Here

Peterson to host meetings geared towards entrepreneurs and business resource providers: June 20, 2003
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be sponsoring meetings in late June and early July to raise the visibility of business assistance and financing resources and to promote rural business and community development. The meetings are for anyone who is involved in government, community development, rural business, or is an entrepreneur. Read More Here

Peterson signs discharge petition on military retired pay issue: June 20, 2003
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson joined with colleagues to force a vote on the Retired Pay Restoration Act that would allow disabled veterans to receive their full retirement pay as well as their full disability pay. Currently, a veteran retired from the Armed Forces on the basis of length of service must waive his or her retirement pay to receive disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. Read More Here

Lake Region Electric Awarded $14.8 Million for Upgrades: May 23, 2003
Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Pelican Rapids has been awarded a $14.8 million USDA Rural Utilities Service loan to serve new customers, build additional line and make other system improvements. Read More Here

Peterson to Hold Farm Meeting in Roseau: May 23, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson will hold a farm meeting at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 28 at the Roseau County Courthouse meeting room. Read More Here

Peterson Announces CRP Sign-Up Deadline Extended: May 21, 2003
Congressman Collin Peterson announced that USDA has agreed to extend the deadline to sign up for CRP to June 13. Read More Here

Peterson Says Special Education Funding Bill Not Adequate: April 28, 2003
Saying it doesn’t fulfill the promise made to schools that Congress would adequately fund special education, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson voted against legislation that would have continued to under-fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read More Here

Roseau Awarded $1.9 Million to Upgrade Facilities: April 28, 2003
As part of their rebuilding efforts, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced that the U. S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration awarded the City of Roseau $1.9 million for upgrades to the existing storm water system and repair and replacement for sanitary sewer lines. Read More Here

Mahnomen County to receive FEMA funds for buyouts: April 15, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency released $725,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant funds for buyouts of 13 residences, and flood-proofing of four homes in Mahnomen County. Read More Here

Peterson to Co-Chair Rural Education Caucus: April 4, 2003
To highlight the special challenges educators face in rural areas, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7th District) joined Secretary of Education Rod Paige and a bipartisan group of legislators to form the Rural Education Caucus. Read More Here

Peterson Tapped to Lead Rural Caucus: April 1, 2003
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has tapped Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-7th District) to co-chair the Rural Working Group, a new group in Congress designed to give rural issues a voice at the leadership table. Read More Here

Peterson Pleased with Proposed Rules for Cormorants: March 24, 2003
Citing a proposed rule of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Guide Management of double-crested cormorants, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7th District) said he likes the outcome.  Read More Here

Peterson Says House Budget Hurts Agriculture and Veterans: March 20, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (DFL-7th District) voted against the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2004, saying it would continue soaring deficits while requiring devastating cuts to agriculture, veterans programs, rural health care delivery and rural development programs.  Read More Here

Former Rep. Ness to Work for Peterson: March 17, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson D-7th District) is pleased to announce that former State Rep. Bob Ness of Dassel has been hired to work in the field as a staff assistant.  Read More Here

Peterson Appointed Ranking Member of Agriculture Subcommittee: March 10, 2003
In a recent press conference, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (DFL-7th District) was appointed as Ranking Member of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee by colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee.  Read More Here

Peterson Has Surgery - Complete Recovery Expected: February 19, 2003
Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL-7th District) is resting comfortably following surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland following a successful partial colostomy to remove a mass in his sigmoid colon.  Read More Here

Peterson Seeks "Welfare Waiver" for Minnesota: February 14, 2003
U.S.  Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn) voted against the welfare reform proposal that was considered in the U.S. House of Representative Thursday because it did not include a waiver provision that had been promised for Minnesota. 
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Targeted Agriculture Disaster Payments Will Be Part of 2003 Budget: February 13, 2003
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) announced that targeted disaster payments for 2001 and 2002 crop losses will be part of the 2003 budget that Congress will pass this week and that President Bush is expected to sign.  Read More Here

Peterson Receives U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award: February 13, 2003
Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minn) has been awarded the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Spirit of Enterprise" award for his strong support of business and jobs.  Read More Here