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Ruud receives small business award

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, was awarded the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB is the state's largest small business group with 13,000 members statewide.

The NFIB recognizes legislators at both the state and federal level who have been supportive of small business on critical issues. To receive the award legislators had to demonstrate a supportive voting record for small business during the 2013-2014 sessions of the Minnesota Legislature. Lawmakers in the Senate were scored on seven important votes for small business.

"Sen. Ruud is a real friend of small business and we are happy to announce that she has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award," said Mike Hickey, state director.

Ruud encourages constituents to contact her Capitol office at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, State Office Building, Room 25, St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone at 651-296-4913, or via email at