The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 25 state lawmakers, including Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, as 2018 Legislators of Distinction.

Chosen legislators are honored for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year's legislative session.

Legislators of Distinction are approved annually by the league's board of directors in recognition of the collaboration of state and city officials needed to successfully serve shared communities and meet the unique needs of rural, urban and suburban residents across Minnesota.

To be eligible for the award, legislators must achieve one or more of the following criteria:

• Be generally and reasonably accessible to league representatives.

• Seek input on issues of importance to cities.

• Listen to league concerns and be receptive to league-provided information on issues.

• Sponsor and/or support league initiatives.

• Speak out on behalf of the interest of cities.

• Demonstrate the importance of partnership between the state and cities.

Ruud was honored for leading efforts in giving cities necessary tools to be successful in protecting Minnesota's environmental resources in her position as chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee.

Ruud also co-authored legislation providing city wastewater treatment facilities with assurance that once they improve their facility to meet environmental standards, they will not need to rebuild until they have been able to pay off a reasonable portion of the debt incurred.

She regularly raised the importance of preserving local control during legislative debate, and sought league input on pending legislation in committees and on the Senate floor.

Award winners received a letter of appreciation and a certificate. A copy of the Legislator of Distinction acknowledgement letter was also sent to the mayor of each city in the district of each recipient.