U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 13

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Sunday, January 13th. There will be a distinctive sound this week around Eagle River, Wisconsin, as the town hosts the 45th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby. From its modest beginnings, the derby has grown to a nine-day series of events. Some 30,000 race fans will brave the cold to watch hundreds of professional snowmobile drivers — known as “sledders” — compete for prizes in a variety of events. The modern snowmobile was invented not far from Eagle River in 1924 by Carl Eliason. Today, snowmobiles are used not only for sport, but also by farmers, postal carriers and medical teams. Snowmobiles are part of the industry making miscellaneous transportation equipment, worth nearly $7 billion a year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at www.census.gov.

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at http://www.census.gov/ (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at +1-301-763-2812, fax at +1-301-457-3670, or e-mail at rreed(At)census.gov.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau