Census Begins With Dog Sled Ride
Noorvik, Alaska gets the call; WWII vet will be first counted
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 2:20 PM CST
Sled dogs and mushers run a trail in the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik, Alaska., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The 2010 census officially begins today in Noorvik, Alaska, a 600-resident Inupiat Eskimo village. Census Bureau director Robert Groves will arrive by dog sled and personally administer the census to an 89-year-old World War II veteran who’s been selected as the first citizen to be counted this year. The census traditionally begins in rural Alaska, with villages vying to be first.