Governor Grants Iron Range Toddler All Access Pass

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A toddler from the Iron Range now has an all access pass to Governor Mark Dayton's future news conferences.

The Governor said so himself.

"This is the most interesting press conference I've ever had. Can she come to them all?," the Governor said during a Wednesday news conference.

He was referring to three year-old Maelie whose mother was appointed to the Early Learning Council at the Capitol.

The little girl stole the spotlight when she kept talking and walking around as Governor Dayton continued his news conference. At one point, her parents say she flopped down in the middle of the floor and rolled toward the governor.

The girl's mother, Michelle Zadra, is one of 30 members on the newly formed committee that is a part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge initiated by the Obama Administration.

The governor later wrote an email to the family again welcoming Maelie to his future news conferences.

The main emphasis of Early Learning and the Early Learning Council is to make children ready for kindergarten, and also carry it through so all kids are reading by 3rd grade.

Zadra will serve in the citizen capacity as a parent who has utilized Early Learning services in the form of Early Childhood Family Education classes in Virginia. It is a four year term.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen