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Old 07-27-2007, 04:16 PM
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Hi, all

I recently returned from a brief visit to Iowa and am considering relocating there. The towns that most favorably impressed me were Algona, Emmetsburg, and Manning. I'm not sure just how friendly the locals are, though, or how a newcomer from out of state might be treated.

A convenience store clerk in Algona told me she's not from the area, but she married someone from Algona. Even after her divorce she decided to stick around, though, so I guess folks there must at least be somewhat accepting of newbies.

I was surprised at how complete strangers smiled at me on the street in Manning as I passed by in my car.

People in Emmetsburg seemed to stare, rather than smile, at an unfamiliar face and vehicle. The residential areas are beautiful, though, as is the lake.

All three communities seemed slightly more Catholic than Lutheran.

Is there anyone out there who can shed some more light on these matters for me? I'd really appreciate the help.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:20 PM
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I know Eburg is primarily catholic..irish catholic. There are several irish bars there, from what i understand from old friends. They got their 1st (maybe it was the 2nd) stoplight in town about 8 years ago. SMALL TOWN! But you obviously know that.

I think in any small town, or heck - any neighborhood in the US - you tend to 'stare' when you see someone who is obviously out of place. There are a million people in my city and I stare when I see someone driving through my neighborhood who I've never seen before. In a tiny town like Eburg, I can only imagine it would be worse. I wouldn't take it to mean that people didn't want you around.
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