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Old 05-21-2014, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by duster1979 View Post
I'm guessing you missed his first post where he said he was specifically looking for a small town close to a city with certian ammenities but far enough away to have its own identity.
Those pre-conditions won't stop a Des Moines fanatic from suggesting their home area anyway. It's not enough Des Moines has its own sub-forum to constantly stroke itself. No. The Des Moines people need to make sure the entire Iowa forum pays homage to Almighty Des Moines.

Looking for a small town in eastern Iowa under 30,000 with a decent school system? How about Des Moines?

Looking for a city on the Mississippi River that has scenic bluffs? How about Des Moines?

Looking for a town no more than three hours away from Chicago with plenty to do? How about Des Moines?
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:10 AM
Location: Jonesboro
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How about giving a little bit of slack please for the member who posted Des Moines as a suggestion on this thread.
They just joined the forum in April & could be assumed to be in a learning curve here. I have yet to see anything that indicates that they are a "fanatic" about anything.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:37 AM
Location: Iowa
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To the OP: You may enjoy checking out the Amana Colony area. Charm, culture, city amenities with close in driving.

Some parts are very commercial, but even those have small town charm. There are different flavors to each of the colonies. You will enjoy the visit to check it out.
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:04 AM
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If you go to the Amana Colonies, you might also want to check out Kent State Park located on Hwy 6 before getting to the towns of Tiffin/North Liberty/Coralville. Fishing/camping/canoeing (no gasoline boat motors), and walking trails. It's secluded and generally not very crowded.

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