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From U.S. Census archive This map of Wadena from 1940 is one of the many census scans available to the public.

1940 census scans posted online show snapshot of what Wadena County life was like

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A picture of life in 1940 for Wadena and other areas has been posted online now that the full details of the 1940 census have been released at


While the basic facts of the 1940 census were already available online in the form of PDF tomes, the new releases have full scans of maps and handwritten lists of names and population counts. Every decade, the U.S. government releases the full census records from 72 years prior.

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