Peterson works for rural Minnesota in D.C., but finds effort frustrating

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Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO Kurt Waldbillig listens to U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, talk about trying to get things done in Washington, D.C., that protects rural hospitals and communities. Peterson was in town March 28 to meet with local leaders and businesses.

You think Washington, D.C., looks bad on television and in the news reports you read – it is actually much, much worse, U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson said during a trip to Benson last Wednesday.

Extreme positions on both sides are leading to nothing getting done in Congress, Peterson said. “Ideology run amuck” is preventing work on critical legislation, including a new farm bill.

The “Blue Dog” Democratic was in Benson to meet with local government and community leaders, and industry representatives. Peterson, one of the last of the conservative Democrats in the U.S. House who is willing to buck his party’s stands on issues, is running for his 15th term.

Peterson’s 7th Congressional District is considered a plus 13-point district for Republicans. No other district in the country comes close to supporting a Democrat in such red territory. The next nearest is a district that is plus 5 for Republicans.

Peterson’s first stop in Benson was at Swift County-Benson Health Services where CEO Kurt Waldbillig gave him an overview of the new assisted living-memory care facility that will begin construction shortly. A groundbreaking for the facility was set for this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The facility will employ 26 to 30 people.

Scandi Haven Village will be a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care.

“Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior. Haven was combined with Scandi to describe a place of refuge; a place to rest and relax. Village suggests that not only does it take a village to raise a child but that same village is responsible to take care for our aging family members who care for us.”

Also, at the SCBHS meeting were Jason Hausauer, plant manager at CNH, and Kory Johnson, manager of Agralite Cooperative. Johnson serves as the SCBHS governing board chair, but also is involved in rural community and economic development issues. Hausauer serves on the Chamber board and has a strong interest in economic development. The Chamber board members joined the meeting later....

 

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Pictured: Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO Kurt Waldbillig listens to U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, talk about trying to get things done in Washington, D.C., that protects rural hospitals and communities. Peterson was in town March 28 to meet with local leaders and businesses.
 

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