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Old 03-18-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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I need a lot of advise, I am a single mother,who wants to relocate to West Fargo ND,for a job,I just want the financial stability for right now. Also I have 3 adorable children,and did I mention we are moving from down south Atlanta-Ga. I am hoping the schools I am looking into,Sheyenne High school for my 10th grader and Liberty middle for my 7 th grader will be a great school for them. I am nervous,securing my nursing job was easy,but I am worried that we will like it over there when we get there.My children are into sports,they also love swimming,and outdoors,also they are in the stem program as well,how worried should I be? I just want to live there for about 4 years to get my finances right,I will be fine but worried sick for my children. Any advise?
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:06 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I need a lot of advise, I am a single mother,who wants to relocate to West Fargo ND,for a job,I just want the financial stability for right now. Also I have 3 adorable children,and did I mention we are moving from down south Atlanta-Ga. I am hoping the schools I am looking into,Sheyenne High school for my 10th grader and Liberty middle for my 7 th grader will be a great school for them. I am nervous,securing my nursing job was easy,but I am worried that we will like it over there when we get there.My children are into sports,they also love swimming,and outdoors,also they are in the stem program as well,how worried should I be? I just want to live there for about 4 years to get my finances right,I will be fine but worried sick for my children. Any advise?
Hi, I don't live in West Fargo but can answer at least some of these. North Dakota in general has good schools. There is a lot of investment in education in this state. North Dakota also,has quite and emphasis on sports so that will definitely not be too much of a concern. As far as the outdoors there are outdoorsy activities available there and when you cross the border into Minnesota. I'm not sure how STEM programs are but likely not much to worry about.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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I do not live in Fargo....But over the years I have heard some good things about West Fargo...it seems to be an entity of and in itself....and at least from what I've seen, read it is a pretty active community.

Others will likely add more informed knowledge.

I hope these links will help;

This City Date website, homepage...has some of the greatest information on any city in the U.S. Simply type in West Fargo , N.D.
http://www.city-data.com/indexes/neighborhoods/ND/1/

Sheyenne H.S. website:
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/schools/sheyenne/

Liberty Middle School website:
https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/schools/liberty/

West Fargo Park and Recreation website:
http://wfparks.org/

City of West Fargo website
City of West Fargo Official Website

Neighborhood websites:
https://nextdoor.com/city/west-fargo--nd/

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Media:
http://www.inforum.com/
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N.D. Lots to do:
http://www.ndtourism.com/

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Old 03-21-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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Yes, go there asap. Fargo is the hub of the region and offers a lot on the cheap. A great place to get back on your feet. People are also pretty friendly.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:29 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Cheap is relative.... cheapest living of the North Dakota cities. But yes the Fargo metro has many opportunities and West Fargo has a very good school system. Sheyenne HS is pretty new....and the public schools in WF are very good, but do have some overcrowding issues still. WF will need to build more schools. But WF is a nice place and growing place that area of Verterans Blvd near the new Sanford hospital is growing very fast....
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I've got nothing OP - but your plan sounds like a really good one.
Best of luck!
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Tacoma, WA
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Fargo cost of living is below the national average, which is the definition of cheap. Atlanta is booming just like Minneapolis and the Texas cities - all of which have rapidly rising costs of living well above the national average.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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Hi, I don't live in West Fargo but can answer at least some of these. North Dakota in general has good schools. There is a lot of investment in education in this state. North Dakota also,has quite and emphasis on sports so that will definitely not be too much of a concern. As far as the outdoors there are outdoorsy activities available there and when you cross the border into Minnesota. I'm not sure how STEM programs are but likely not much to worry about.
Thank you so much, your response has been helpful
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:28 PM
 
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Thank you so much, your response has been helpful
First, let me say: I was born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast. Until I studied history in school, I thought everyone that lived north of interstate 10 was a Yankee.

I spent about 18 months in Fargo, I arrived in December of 2013, that winter was so cold the natives were complaining. The second winter was milder and I had moved to an apartment with a garage.

The area around Fargo is flat. Very flat. There are some elevation changes and trees in old town and along the river. West Fargo is in the featureless area. I lived down by the river and loved it.

In the south we tend to think the suburbs are good, the inner city is bad. This is not so in Fargo. I suspect that this is because land is very expensive because it is very valuable as farm land. So the cost to move out of town doesn't really save enough to pay for the commute. Also, there are times you simply cannot travel, and there are more times outside the city than inside.

Because of this there is very little blight, there are some rough neighborhoods, but they are scattered and can be found anywhere.

The winters are cold. You will need to find a way to stay fit in the winter, budget money for the YMCA or other fitness clubs. Unlike the south, the YMCA is a pretty nice place. You will want to stay fit because the summers are glorious. The days start early and end late and they are not so hot that you cannot enjoy them.

If you are not anti religious I suggest joining a church. There are many to choose from, but the area is dominated by Catholic and Lutheran churches. Even if you are a worship at home Christian, an affiliation gives you a reason to break isolation on Sundays, and getting out in sub zero weather takes a reason.

Fargo is not as cold as Northern Minnisota, and it is a dry cold. I switched to moisturizing soap in late October and used it until May. The same for a nylon base layer and wool socks. It is however windy. There will be days when it is sub zero with a 40 mph wind blowing. You will know, even if God loves you, Mother Nature doesn't like you at all. It seems personal. The folks from Northern Minnisota complain that it feels colder in Fargo.

On the other hand, once the first tulips push through the snow, you will know it is time, time for life to be new. By the end of the summer, you will know that no matter how bad the winter, it is worth it.

Cheers
Qazulight
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Old 04-03-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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You will know, even if God loves you, Mother Nature doesn't like you at all. It seems personal. The folks from Northern Minnisota complain that it feels colder in Fargo. Qazulight


You write well, Qazulight. I wish you would start a blog about your experiences living in the Midwest.
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