Ruud earns Standing Ovation award for arts support

Ruud has been a vocal proponent of the Legacy Amendment.

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Sen. Carrie Ruud

District 10 State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, received the Standing Ovation award presented by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for her support of the arts through the Legacy Amendment.

It was awarded at the opening online rally of Arts Action Week, which was held virtually due to COVID-19.

“Sen. Ruud is one of three legislators to receive the Standing Ovation award from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts in their 45+ year history, acknowledging how exceptional she is,” Sheila Smith, executive director of the MCA, said in a news release.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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