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Our Opinion: Collin has been good for the area

We’re glad to see that U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has decided to run for another term in office.

Peterson, who lives on Floyd Lake, has represented Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1990.

He knows and loves this area: An avid hunter and fisherman, he grew up on a farm near Glyndon.

He served in the National Guard, worked as a certified public accountant in Detroit Lakes and served for 10 years in the Minnesota Senate before being elected to Congress.

He understands local needs and has been good for Detroit Lakes, Becker County, and his entire district, which stretches from the Canadian border almost to the Iowa state line, along Minnesota’s border with the Dakotas.

As one of the most conservative Democrats around, Peterson has been a good friend to agriculture and small business.

The Herculean effort to pass a new Farm Bill this year through a House heavily influenced by burn-the-house-down Republicans was a monumental achievement for him.

As ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture, he has a say on agriculture and rural development issues, including renewable energy, disaster assistance, nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, rural development, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, agricultural research, bioterrorism, forestry, and others.

As a right-leaning Democrat —one of the few remaining Blue Dog Democrats — Peterson understands better than political newcomers that politics is the art of the possible, which means being willing to compromise.

 With a Congress increasingly divided along sharp ideological lines, moderates from both major parties are desperately needed to meet in the middle to keep that great institution functioning.

Peterson has always brought a thoughtful, common-sense approach to his work, and that style is needed now more than ever in the sometimes-crazy world of Washington politics.