Howes received the Guardian of Small Business Award for the 1999-2000 biennium from the state's largest small-business group, the National Federation of Independent Business. The federation has more than 18,000 members statewide.
Samuelson was one of four lawmakers named Legislator of the Year by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Samuelson was recognized for his balancing of statewide needs and his leadership in preserving funds for quality medical education. He chairs the Health and Family Security Committee of the Minnesota Senate, and he chaired the conference committee on the omnibus budget bill this past session.
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