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Northland participation is needed for 2020 Census

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HIBBING, MI-- Preparations for the 2020 census are underway.

And there are some big implications this time around, including the future of Northland politics.

The lighter purple shows the 8th Congressional District which grew based on the 2010 census results.

Republican Pete Stauber has held that seat for one term.

The darker purple is the 7th District which Democrat Collin Peterson has served since 1991.

Iron Range political expert Aaron Brown says if the upcoming census shows the 8th District's population has declined this could all be changing and in a big way.

"If our population hasn't grown fast enough, we would see the potential of losing a congressional seat also several legislative seats in Northern Minnesota," says Brown.

Losing the 8th district but also losing rural Minnesota's representation on a state and national level.

"It makes it so some people maybe feel that they're not being heard," said Brown, "The bigger and wider the district or the state, and the less representation means it's harder for those representatives to get those issues to the forefront."

Experts say not only could census results impact district lines, but could result in how state funding is allocated throughout the state.

"That means things like distribution for food programs, public works program, social works program, we may actually be seeing how much our funding is effected for certain things based what the census shows," says Brown.

The census results will show how much change has happened which could bring more change in the 2022 legislative session.

Emma Quinn

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