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Barbara Ronningen, demographer with the Minnesota Department of Administration, addresses an audience Wednesday during a speech to local officials about the 2010 census. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

State stresses need for community awareness and involvement in 2010 census


WILLMAR -- Counting every single person living in Minnesota next spring -- including snowbirds in Arizona and undocumented immigrants working in Willmar -- could make the difference between Minnesota having eight congressional representatives or seven.

"We're about 2,000 people short of losing a seat," said Barbara Ronningen, a demographer from the Minnesota Department of Administration, in Willmar Wednesday to talk about the 2010 census.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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