STAPLES -- Bob Hutton, Region 5 Development Commission executive director, is calling for cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau in completing the 2000 census.
This region is well below the state average in response rates. The region cannot afford to miss opportunities to acquire federal funds, which historically have followed census numbers. The Region 5 Development Commission serves communities in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
In a few days people working on the 2000 Census will be contacting the people in households that have not returned their questionnaires. The Census Bureau has hired area people to get area responses. That means friends, neighbors or family members may be contacting you to get answers to the Census questionnaires not returned by 34 percent of Minnesota households.
Minnesotans had an initial response rate of 66 percent; however, locations varied greatly. Many central and northern counties had response rates under 50 percent.
Each person who doesn't get counted during the census costs a community $2,500 over the decade. This federal money comes to Minnesota in different types of funding formulas -- funding for schools, emergency equipment and infrastructure improvements.
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