Leech Lake chairman appointed to Governor’s council

Leech Lake Tribal Chairman Faron Jackson, Sr., was among the several recently appointed to the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota.

According to a release from the Walz-Flanagan administration, the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota is a response to the state’s aging population, and will coordinate state and private-sector partners’ efforts to work across sectors, including government, communities, tribes and businesses, to ensure Minnesota is an age-friendly state.

“As Minnesota’s population ages, we must face the opportunities and challenges this demographic shift presents,” said Governor Tim Walz. “The Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota will help us fulfill our vision of building communities that are respectful, inclusive, and supportive of everyone’s needs at every age.”

“The elders in our lives are a critical part of the fabric of our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Whether they are grandparents or neighbors, mentors or volunteers, they are essential to our shared success. When we lift up the older adults in our communities, we lift up all Minnesotans.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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