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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Help Wanted: South Dakota Head Counters!

December 24, 2008

Vermillion, SD - It pays 10 dollars and hour and up, with work close to home and a schedule that's flexible. If you like the job specs, you're invited to apply for a temporary part-time position counting heads for the 2010 census. Every 10 years, thousands of census takers are needed to count the nation's population. And according to Nancy Nelson with the South Dakota Data Center (the designated lead census center for South Dakota), the first wave of workers is needed to verify, update and add address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.

"They need to get people hired, and they need to get staffing for these offices, and also people to go out in their communities. For the address-canvassing, the people will have hand-held computers, so they can update their address lists and then that information is transmitted electronically to the Census Bureau."

A Census Bureau report this week listed the state's population at just over 804,000 residents this year, an increase of about eight thousand. Nelson says an accurate census report matters in a rural state like South Dakota.

"Being a small state, we depend on federal dollars, and it's important to have good census counts."

South Dakota residents who are interested in becoming census takers can apply by calling 1-866-861-2010 or by going to

David Law, Public News Service - SD