This is a census year. It is very important that everybody is counted. For Federal dollars alone each person represents about $2,500 per year in Federal funds. That could be a gain for Minnesota of $2,500 per person per year for the next 10 years if everyone is counted and we increase in numbers or it could be a loss of $2,500 per person per year for the next 10 years for people who are not counted. It is important that everyone completes the census information and cooperates with any census worker that may come to your residence. Additionally, Minnesota could lose a Congressional Representative if all people are not counted. This would diminish Minnesota’s influence in Congress for the next 10 years. This Saturday at Noon, at the Library there will be information on the census, at that meeting I will pledge to complete my household census information.