Walz appoints Cass Lake man, Staples woman to child education councils

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. (State of Minnesota photo)

Leroy Staples Fairbanks of Cass Lake and Anna Gruber of Staples were appointed to state advisory councils.

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced appointments Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Fairbanks was appointed to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council and Gruber was appointed to the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. Both Fairbanks and Gruber’s terms are slated to run Nov. 18 through Jan. 2, 2023.

These appointments are supported by Executive Order 19-34 , re-launching the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and placing children at the center of government, and state statute, a news release stated. The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council and the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care will make recommendations to support community engagement and work of carrying out Executive Order 19-34 across state government and the Children’s Cabinet.

“Minnesota should be the best place in the country for each and every child to grow up,” Walz stated in the release. “When we focus on improving equity and outcomes for our littlest Minnesotans, we lift up all of us. I am grateful for the service of these leaders — representing youth, teachers and schools, researchers, counties and tribes, and leaders of many walks of life.”


“Too often, race, ZIP code, and income determine the trajectory of our kids’ lives,” Flanagan stated in the release. “This council — made up of parents, advocates, teachers, school districts, county and tribal administrators, leaders and voices from the private and public sector, communities of color, and Greater Minnesota — will help our charge to place children at the center of government and commit to prioritizing equitable outcomes so that all Minnesotans can reach their full potential.”

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