Willmar city officials say a forthcoming estimate of the city's population falls short by at least 700 people.
The newest figures from the Minnesota State Demographic Center won't be publicly released until July, but city officials have seen the Willmar estimate and they're disputing it.
City officials believe Willmar's population stands at about 19,600, up almost 600 residents since the estimate a year ago. The preliminary state estimate shows a loss of about 100 people.
Community Development Director Bruce Peterson says it's an important issue for the city, because a lot of state aid is based on population.
State Demographer Tom Gillaspy says when cities dispute the preliminary estimate, his department reviews their data and modifies the population figure if appropriate.
Information from: West Central Tribune, http://www.wctrib.com