Door-to-Door Visits Begin Nationwide for 2020 Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began following up with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Based on the current self-response rate of 63.3%, the Census Bureau estimates it will need to visit about 56 million addresses to collect responses in person. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census.

Census takers began following up with households on July 16 in a limited number of areas and added additional areas each week thereafter. Starting Aug. 9, all remaining offices began following up with households nationwide. Census takers have completed training on social distancing and safety protocols, will follow local public health guidelines, and will be required to wear a face mask when conducting follow-up visits.

“America has answered the call and most households responded to the census online, by phone or by mail,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “To ensure a complete and accurate count, we must now go door to door to count all of the households we have not heard back from. During this phase, you can still self-respond online (at, by phone (at 844-330-2020), or by mailing your completed questionnaire.”

The Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) operation is the final stage of conducting the once-a-decade population count of everyone living in the United States. Households can still respond now by responding online at, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received. Households can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.

What Households Can Expect

In most cases, census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by paper or by phone. In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

Census takers will go to great lengths to ensure that no one is missed in the census. After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as they can.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

How to Identify Census Takers

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

The Census Bureau Will Follow Up With Some Households by Phone

In order to minimize the need to send census takers to households in person, the Census Bureau is training census takers to follow up with households by phone. Using information provided to the Census Bureau and third-party purchased data, the Census Bureau has a strong contact list for both landlines and cellphones assigned to houses on the Census Bureau’s address list. These phone calls will enable the Census Bureau to have maximum flexibility for conducting field operations, and is one more method that census takers can use to reach nonresponding households. Phone calls will be used on an as-needed basis and when in-person contact attempts have not resulted in an interview. If a voicemail is available, the census taker will leave a message asking the household to call one of the Census Bureau’s call centers.

Census Response Representatives to Visit Low-Responding Areas

The Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) program will continue through Sept. 30. This is a separate activity from census takers going door to door. MQA representatives are in open, public places in the lowest-responding areas of the nation to encourage people to respond to the 2020 Census. These locations are where people naturally visit when leaving home and can be used to help increase self-response rates. MQA is part of the Census Bureau’s final push to encourage people to complete the 2020 Census.

About the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States on April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.

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Adrian Optimist Monday Night Bingo

Play Monday night bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club.  Doors open, Monday, August 17th at 5 and bingo starts at 7 pm.  Concessions are available on site with the kitchen serving great specials.  This week’s Hot Ball Jackpot is $650 with 2 hot balls, Blackout Jackpot is $1750.00 with 49 balls, King of Diamonds is around $14,000 with more than a $6,000 take with only 6 cards remaining.  You must be 16 years old to play bingo.  The Adrian Optimist Building is located at 11092 NW County Road 41 in Adrian.  Monday night Bingo with the Adrian Optimist Club, Monday, August 17th.

Remington’s Heart Foundation Proudly Announces 3rd Annual “Ride for Little Broken Hearts”

Remington’s Heart Foundation is proud to announce that their 3rd Annual “Ride for Little Broken Hearts”, originally postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for September 5th, 2020!

While state restrictions for the virus have been eased, they have not been fully eliminated.  This event and all participants will need to adhere to all CDC, state and local guidelines in place at the time of the event.

They are raising money to help local families who have a child with a critical congenital heart defect CHD. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is a common form of CHD where the left side of the heart is much smaller.

Remington’s Heart Foundation would like to thank their sponsors that have consistently supported them year to year as well as some new sponsors that eagerly choose to be a part of this great event!  They are grateful for each and every one of them and their help in fulfilling the mission of helping families affected by babies and children with congenital heart defects would be impossible without them and the generous hearts of the bikers who ride.

Please join them in thanking this year’s Gold Sponsor: Smith Auto Transport of Springfield, Missouri.

Our silver sponsors: Farmers Insurance Heather Diehl Agency, M&K Carwash, Dirks Dozing & Excavating, &SDC Welding Machine Repair.

Stop Sponsors are Talley Waterproofing, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, Cache Accounting & Tax, & The Waldinger Corporation

“Additionally, we would like to thank all those behind the scenes who immediately jumped to the opportunity to make this event happen. They have gone above and beyond to make this event extra special!”

Ride Details: This is a charity poker run

Start: Bates County Elks Lodge 1000 Elks Drive, Butler, MO – 9 AM

Kickstands up at 10 AM

Stop 1: VFW – 1745 S National Ave, Ft Scott, KS

Fuel Stop: Casey’s, South 9th Street, Mound City, KS

Stop 2: Timber Creek Bar & Grill, -14 E Amity St, Louisburg, KS – Lunch Stop

Stop 3: Fishing Dock – 101 S West Outer Rd, Archie, MO

End: Bates County Elks Lodge 1000 Elks Drive, Butler, MO

Travel Distance: Approx. 174mi

Estimated Ride Time: Approx. 4 hours w/ stops

This is a Charity Poker Run

There will also be raffles & 50/50.

New this year, Demmico Catering will be offering breakfast, pre-order required. Even if you don’t have a motorcycle, you’re invited to come out and enjoy breakfast and help send the bikers off.

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Mo-Dot Now Hiring Service-Oriented Individuals to Join Maintenance Team

The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently hiring individuals who are interested in a career to keep Missouri moving during the winter season and beyond.

Right now, there are several full-time maintenance and emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open across the state. Hourly salaries range from $14.10 to $16.90 per hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation.

“If you’re looking for a job with excellent benefits where you can make a difference in the lives of your fellow Missourians, we’re looking for you,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT’s maintenance director. “These positions are critical to Missouri travelers once the snow starts to fall and throughout the year to maintain our highway system.”

Full-time maintenance employees receive full training and a long list of other benefits including retirement, paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old and successfully complete a criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic bar to employment).

Maintenance employment with MoDOT can continue into the spring and beyond. Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions to keep Missouri roads safe for all who travel on them.

“There’s no better time to apply than right now,” Roark said. To learn more about this opportunity or to apply online, go to