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Old 04-06-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Mapleview, MN
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Since my local Kmart store closed in 2010 I decided to search out one within a short driving distance. When I looked online I found a Kmart store 45 miles from me in Charles City Iowa. I thought this must be a mistake so I looked up Charles City on Wikipedia and this town has a population of 7,700. How does a city this size have a Kmart? Today I made a day trip to Charles City and I was amazed at how many businesses exist in this small town! YellowBook lists 541 businesses for Charles City. How is this possible?
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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I just drove through there on Wednesday afternoon, and based on traffic I got the impression that it might be a bedroom town for people who commute to Mason City or even down to Iowa Falls. Lots more population there than I expected. Also there were lots more new homes/buildings in that Cedar River corridor than I knew was going on. Look at realtor.com - there are lots of homes for sale in that area, and many look pretty nice.

By the way, have you ever tried to drive west to 35 from a small town in Northeast Iowa? Exhausting, unless you're just out for a pretty drive!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I've been through Charles City once before, and I thought it was a perfectly lovely little town.
I think the reason it has so many amenities is that it serves as a hub for that part of the state. It's the second-largest town in northeast Iowa after Decorah (if I'm not forgetting anything). It's the nearest "urban" center if you life in New Hampton or Osage, so it anchors that little section of Iowa.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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From the little I know, Charles City has been pretty aggressive and successful from an economic development standpoint for a town their size. They took a huge blow when they lost a tracker manufacturing plant in the late 70's/early 80's but has somehow been able to do quite well recovering from that. I know that Winnebago put a plant there a decade or so ago (not sure if still running?).
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Unfortunately the Charles City Winnebago plant came online relatively shortly before the recession & it was an early casualty of the downturn & was closed as company sales fell.
The building has been marketed through aggressive efforts & it seems as though 1 or even 2 different firmd have planned to move into or have already done so. It was a large building in square footage so there may still be space available for other firms.
FYI: Starting with the horrible tornado that demolished central Charles City in the spring of 1968, the town seemed to also take it on the chin economically speaking all through the 1970's & 1980's. During those two decades, Charles City lost a tremendous number of jobs & decreased by approximately 2,000 on down to just under the 8,000 mark where it stood at the 2010 census.
A previous poster would be correct in that on east of Mason City, it would be an economic hub of sorts for northeast Iowa with only Decorah boasting a similar population size in the region.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Osage is smaller than Chuck town but has twice the economic develpoment going on.....
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:51 AM
 
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nothing is impossible,i think you can be objective for all of this.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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I just drove through there on Wednesday afternoon, and based on traffic I got the impression that it might be a bedroom town for people who commute to Mason City or even down to Iowa Falls.
Nobody commutes to Iowa Falls...Unless you live in Hampton and get sick of working at the McDonald's on Central Avenue.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Don't mind the attitude there at 9:08.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Don't mind the attitude there at 9:08.
Actually, the same thing he posted crossed my mind as well when I read the previous post. I've been through Iowa Falls and it seems like a clean, quiet small town without a whole lot of jobs available and not so prosperous that housing would be overly expensive. In other words, more like the kind of town one would commute from, not to.
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