With the 1999 U.S. census figures trickling out, Minnesota towns
are discovering some astonishing figures. The city of Rogers is
the fastest growing city over the past 10 yearsits population
grew by 220 percent. Rogers, about 25 miles from downtown Minneapolis,
is part of the increasing circle of growing communities around the
Twin Cities. And its percent of growth appears so great because
in 1990 the community had only 722 residents, now up to 2,313.
On the other hand, Duluth-Superior may be the only metro area
in Minnesota to lose population. According to preliminary census
figures, St. Louis and Douglas counties lost 1.5 percent, or 3,590
people net. Duluth lost 4,466 people, but that figure was offset
by gains in smaller areas in the region. Other small towns within
commuting distance to the Twin Ports have grown, like Hermantown,
just outside the Duluth metro area, which added more than 1,000
over the last decade.