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Ruud named Legislator of Year for environmental work

Submitted Photo Sen. Carrie Ruud was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.1 / 2
Submitted Photo Sen. Carrie Ruud poses with members of the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District.2 / 2

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for her work in preserving Minnesota's environment during the 2017 legislative session.

Ruud, who is chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee, was a dedicated supporter of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the 2017 legislative session. She chief-authored the 2017 Legacy Finance bill, which makes critical investments in the arts, clean water, parks and trails, and the environment. Ruud's strong advocacy for MASWCD funding will ensure soil and water conservation districts across the state will be able to continue their mission of protecting and enhancing the environment.

"I am honored that MASWCD chose me to receive this award," Ruud said. "Minnesota's soil and water conservation districts are our 'boots on the ground,' playing a key role in protecting and preserving our environment. I look forward to working with MASWCD on balanced approaches to land and water protection in the future."

Sheila Vanney, assistant director of the MASWCD, added: "While many legislators have attempted to divert or limit funding for the Minnesota's soil and water conservations districts Sen. Ruud has been a champion of our cause ... Her work during the 2017 legislative session helped secure critical funding and drive policy advancement crucial to preserving Minnesota's long-term environmental health."

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