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Ingebrigtsen receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) for his positive impact on environmental policy on July 25 during the Coalition's three-day summer conference in Bemiji.

Ingebrigtsen, a Republican from Alexandria, is serving his third term in the Minnesota Senate. The Legislator of Distinction Award is given to legislators who played key roles in advancing CGMC's policy during the preceding session.

As minority lead of the senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Finance Committee and a member of the Omnibus Legacy Bill Conference Committee, Ingebrigtsen ensured the work that he began as the previous chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee continued this year. He played a pivotal role in ensuring that the 40/40/20 split (between the state, the metro area and Greater Minnesota) in parts and trails funding, which began under his leadership, was in this year's Legacy Bill.

"Regardless of who controls the majority, Senator Ingebrigtsen plays an important role in recognizing the concerns of Greater Minnesota on environmental issues," said Bruce Ahlgren, president of CGMC and mayor of Cloquet. "The work he has done in the senate should result in Greater Minnesota parks and trails becoming stronger over the next decade."