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Coronavirus and the Census May Change This Largely Immigrant Town’s Economy

Micronesians are a growing part of Milan, Minnesota, but their unfamiliarity with the Census and a lack of outreach likely won't help the town financially.

Main street in Milan, Minnesota

Main street in Milan, Minnesota

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Ten years ago, Micronesians made up a fifth of Milan, Minnesota. Now, it’s estimated that over a half of the town’s 360 residents are native Pacific Islanders or their children. “They’ve saved our community,” Milan Mayor Ron Anderson said of the Micronesians. “They’ve also made us vibrant. We were losing our vibrancy because we were getting old.” The Micronesians could also bring the town financial help through the Census, but so far had just a 50 percent response rate. The Micronesian residents are unfamiliar with the census, and outreach efforts have been cancelled amid the pandemic. The Daily Yonder

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Man Arrested for Impersonating DHS Agent

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Mazin Sidahmed is the co-executive director of Documented. He previously worked for the Guardian US in New York. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut and he also contributed to Politico New York.




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