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Old 12-31-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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If someone wanted to, could they legally put chains on their tires and drive around Fargo? What about studded tires?
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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This time of year, yes, chains and studded tires are legal in North Dakota.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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Greg-
Ideally, we do not (dang near can not) want to take on any additional monthly financial obligations.
So it sounds like, it is a real option..to invest in tires and sand bags.
Thank you for the reply..My husband and myself have been very torn regarding our vehicles. He drives the truck, I have a minivan. If we did get a 4WDR, we have to go down to 1 vehicle, that is a hard transition with us both working and kids to tote around.
Again I appreciate all the info, all the best to you in 2012!
If you have decent winter tires, and for your truck sand bags w/ winter tires. I only drive on blizzak tires, since 93. But that is because chains give me a headache, I never see anyone w/ chains in Grand Forks, studded tires, I am not sure. If you can afford blizzaks, even just for the tires that are driven by the motor, it may be easier. But, it can be done irregardless. You will like Jamestown, mostly friendly folks when I have been there. Just ask for driving tips for winter driving. Maybe start another thread.

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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This time of year, yes, chains and studded tires are legal in North Dakota.
What happens if you cross the river into Minnesota? Are they still illegal there for a car with out of state plates? Or just illegal for MN residents?

I grew up in Minnesota and remember a pile of rusty snow chains in the garage and the old studded tires, and I know they were both outlawed at some point.

It was interesting moving to coastal Washington state and seeing tire chains used so much after each rare snowfall.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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What happens if you cross the river into Minnesota? Are they still illegal there for a car with out of state plates? Or just illegal for MN residents?

I grew up in Minnesota and remember a pile of rusty snow chains in the garage and the old studded tires, and I know they were both outlawed at some point.

It was interesting moving to coastal Washington state and seeing tire chains used so much after each rare snowfall.
Tire chains are OK in Minnesota but studded tires are prohibited.

I have never seen tire chains in my life in use in the Midwest....I have lived here since 98, but other places in the Midwest since high school. Terrain is quite flat over in the eastern part of the state so no hills like western Washington.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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Tire chains are OK in Minnesota but studded tires are prohibited.

I have never seen tire chains in my life in use in the Midwest....I have lived here since 98, but other places in the Midwest since high school. Terrain is quite flat over in the eastern part of the state so no hills like western Washington.
Dan, surprisingly, the most I used chains was in and around Miller South Dakota. Talk about flat, if you take your foot and push up a small pile of gravel in your driveway, you had the biggest hill in 3 counties.

But I grew up and was driving in the mid to late 60's and roads being plowed, were unheard of. They plowed the highway, but it was "When they could." They plowed the main street in town and one street going to the hospital (1 block off main). So travel anywhere else was up to you. We would chain up on the farm and travel 2 miles on the county road to get to the highway. If they had plowed, we'd take the chains off and head into town. When we got into town, we'd chain up again so we could get to the implement or the parts store, or even to get grocery's.

Plowing roads, other then the main drag, really didn't happen until the mid to late 70's and then it was hospital routes, fire station, schools and that was it. Side streets really didn't get plowed and again, it was up to you.

In the 80's, they started plowing more streets and getting better funding. Suddenly the secondary and even most side streets were plowed. Eventually, in the 90's they started snow removal, not just plowing the snow to block your driveway. They plowed to the center of the street and then come along and picked it up to haul it to the local park.

Today, they're slipping back to older ideas. Now, they have snow routes and during the winter, those are the only streets plowed, which is about 50% of the streets plowed in the mid 90's. So if you are not on a snow route, you again, have to fend for yourself getting to one of the streets that are a snow route. Usually no more then 2 blocks.

Where I live now, in Wyoming, they often put the chain law in effect. When the highways get snow packed or ice on top of the snow, they'll set the chain law and you are required to have chains, or a 4 wheel drive, or you don't travel on the highway as it is closed to all other traffic. This is usually done because of wind having the tendency to blow you off the road if you don't have good traction.

I bought a set of cables for my van. Well worth it. They are about 1/4-3/8 inch thick. They take less then 1 minute to put on a tire. You can put them on vehicles that have very little clearence in the wheel wells. They work better then chains on packed snow and ice. The best thing, you can run 50+ with them on and when you hit dry patches, you don't even need to slow down. They don't chew up tires either. In heavy snow, I'll still throw my chains on.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Tire chains are OK in Minnesota but studded tires are prohibited.

I have never seen tire chains in my life in use in the Midwest....I have lived here since 98, but other places in the Midwest since high school. Terrain is quite flat over in the eastern part of the state so no hills like western Washington.
I see chains used occasionally in Iowa.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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My experience is similar to Dan's, as I've never seen chains used in ND (and lived there for 40+ years.) Good tires are HIGHLY recommended though.

And on another note -- yippee regarding the creation of a Fargo subforum!
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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When I was a poor student, raising my kids I bought tire chains cause it was affordable. I hated them, had a headache every time I drove, plus they really gashed my car once coming loose while I was driving. I researched and have only driven w/ Blizzaks every since 1993'. That includes a caprice classic rear wheel drive, I felt like I was fearless. I drove everyday, my job involved covering the North East portion of N.D. 6 counties, re: disaster/flood recovery. So, imo when you can, check those out.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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Well, I arrived in Fargo about a week ago.

Positives
- People are SUPER nice, and will always try to make you feel welcome.
- Plenty of jobs, housing looks to be decent priced.
- More shopping than I expected, considering the size of the city.
- Roads are wide and everything is kept clean.

Negatives
- Not multi-cultural at all, not much to do for minorites......let elaborate on that point because I will probably get ALOT of flack; Alot of clothing stores that Black and Latina women frequent do not have a presence here in Fargo. There are no laid back jazz/ R & B lounges or night clubs, there are no Latin nightclubs (salsa, meringue) there are no Hip Hop, R & B, Jazz, or Latin radio stations. If you dont like country or rock, its best to bring your own music.
- Very Windy
- Lack of diverse restaurants, the Japanese Hibachi grill here is about as wild as it gets, in fact there is a lot of chain restaurants but not much in the way of good mom and pop eats, which is disapointing considering I was in Cincinnati prior to this assignment and there was plenty of AWESOME places to eat.
- As a minority YOU will stick out, everywhere you go.
I know, I am not trying to give you flack, but. A week is not long enough to give an honest review. We have lots of differant nationalities, I do not think they will stick out at all. I know there aren't alot of diverse night clubs, but I think there are plenty of good places to eat in Fargo. There are also lots of clothing stores, so many more than other cities in N.D. Folks often drive to shop there, and we have tons of Canadians that drive down to shop both to Grand Forks, and to Fargo. I grew up in Bakersfield, Ca. and we have much the same stores here, in Grand Forks and in Fargo as there were in Bakersfield, which has a large population of both Black and Latino Americans. I know all knowledge is comparison, so I respect your opinion. Just surprised. I moved to Dickinson in 81' from my home state of Calif. and by comparison to Dickinson then, Fargo today is "big city" lol. Hope you aren't going to have to be in Williston, or Dickinson as you would be miserable. About the clubs, check the Fargo Sunday paper, there are sometimes lounges that have jazz or blues bands featured. Other than that I hope you can find lots more as you live there, and welcome to N.D.
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