Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited Winona and the campus of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical on Monday, March 8 to discuss the significance of the 2010 Census. Ritche explained that census data is vital to many support systems that are integral to Minnesota’s future and Winona County is a model of higher than average participation. In a press conference at the Winona county government center, Ritche (as quoted in the Winona Daily News) stated that “If every county is doing what Winona county is doing, it makes me very excited. Winona is setting a very high standard.” The census materials are scheduled to be sent out next week, with our state government, along with Chancellor McCormick of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system strongly encouraging our participation in an effort to compile accurate and complete data. Promotional efforts for the “I Count” campaign will be ongoing on our campuses, with special information available at the upcoming Student Senate sponsored “Spring Fling” on the Winona campus – watch for date/time of event to be posted soon. Read more in the Winona Daily News online. Learn more about the US census and the importance of being counted.