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
Census Begins With Dog Sled Ride
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. (Read more Alaska stories.)

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