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Minnesota may lose congressional seat

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A state demographer says it's likely that Minnesota will lose one of its eight congressional seats in the next round of U.S. congressional apportionment because of population trends.

"It looks like it's going to be very difficult to hang on to another House seat," said State Demographer Susan Brower. "We have eight right now, and it looks like if nothing changes and we actually count the people we think we have, we could lose a House seat next time around."

Brower made her comments during a panel forum Saturday organized by the League of Women Voters. She was referring to the once-in-a-decade process in which members of the House of Representatives are allocated among the states. If her prediction turns out to be right, it would mean Minnesota will have less political muscle in Washington.

It's not that Minnesota isn't growing. It's just not growing as fast as some other states, she said. Minnesota loses people, many of whom are in their late teens and early 20s, to other states she said.

She noted that growth has mainly been concentrated around the Twin Cities area and has far outpaced any other city, although Rochester has seen a "good amount of growth" in the last five years. She said Rochester has added about 5,000 people between 2010 and 2015.

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At the same time. the southwest part of the state has been losing population. The trends suggest that in the next round of redistricting, more political power will shift to the Twin Cities and political clout will diminish in rural areas with population loss.

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