Minnesota and Wisconsin Both to Keep Eight Seats in House

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2010 Updated Dec 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Congress men and women from both Minnesota and Wisconsin are breathing a little bit easier nowadays.

Both states will keep their eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives until at least 2020, that according to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2010 Census showed Minnesota beat out North Carolina for the 435th congressional seat by a little more than 15,000 people.

Regional labor analysts say the fact that Minnesota was in danger of losing a seat doesn't necessarily indicate poor population growth.

"Our growth has been just fine. In fact, this recession may have been a good thing, politically, for us because we did relatively well in this recession compared with other states," Drew Digby said. "Not that it hasn't been really hard, but we've had more jobs and the recession hasn't been nearly as deep as some of the deep south states that had been drawing a lot of people."

Digby said he expects good regional numbers from the 2010 Census as well. Those numbers are expected in February.

Posted by Zach Schneider