Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

2020 Census needs takers to hit the streets


November 28, 2019

About 500 locals will be needed in Carlton County for the 2020 Census, and the Census Bureau is offering incentives to get those needed boots on the ground.

Peter Alexander, a representative for the Census Bureau, visited the Barnum City Council at their regular meeting on November 18 to discuss what to expect with the upcoming count of the nation’s population.

Population numbers affect funding for local governments so getting an accurate account is especially important for our cities. Those figures also determine the number of seats Minnesota has in Congress. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, the data collected is used to “redraw the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented” (known as “redistricting”).

Alexander said that for Carlton County, temporary census takers are being offered $24 an hour (Pine County is $19) as well as travel reimbursement of 58 cents a mile. According to the Census Bureau, “Census takers will be hired to work in their communities and go door to door to collect responses from those who do not respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.”

Alexander said that takers can name their level of commitment, whether it be a few hours, part time, or more.

In order to be eligible for a 2020 Census Job, you must meet the Bureau’s following list of criteria:

• Be at least 18 years old.

• Have a valid Social Security number.

• Be a U.S. citizen.*

• Have a valid email address.

• Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)

• Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.

• Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.

Commit to completing training.

• Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

According to Alexander, the Bureau will begin publicizing heavily next year in February, then send out mailings in March. Redistricting will occur in April.

Barnum City Council Notes:

DONATION: Council accepted a donation of $2,000 from the Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club to assist in the cost of community events held at the Municipal Liquor Store.

GAMBLING PERMIT: Council passed a resolution issuing a gambling permit to the Barnum Impact Volleyball Club so they can hold a bingo event on January 4, 2020 at Barnum High School.

NEW BUILDING UPDATE: Rebidding for the new liquor store, community center, and city hall complex will most likely occur in February.

GUEST PARKING: The city agreed that guests could continue to park on the grassy lot across from the apartment building on Front Street but they will not maintain it over the winter (snow plowing).

2020 ELECTION: Council passed a resolution that the 2020 elections will be held by mail ballots.

HOLIDAY WASSAIL: On December 17 from 5:30–7:30 p.m., the Barnum Municipal Bar & Liquor will be hosting a free, family-friendly event at the Community Center and Municipal Bar. There will be fire rings, a hayride, and food (adult beverages also available). This event is made free by the donation from the Northern Pine Riders.

DELINQUENT UTILITIES: Council approved motion to certify delinquent water and sewer accounts to property taxes.

NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting is scheduled for December 9 at 6 p.m. The Truth in Taxation meeting will take place at the same time and place.


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