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Old 01-15-2008, 01:32 PM
 
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[SIZE=1][SIZE=2]Hi, I'm 23 years old and have always wanted to live in the deep country woods. When I was 8 my parents and myself moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to a small town called Lakeville about 25 miles south of Minneapolis. At the time it was awesome. We lived in a rural neighborhood surrounded by farmland and forest. I had all the freedom of living in the country. Well, now 15 years and 50,000 people later Lakeville is terrible. Everything I liked about the place is gone. Hundreds of acres of old oak forest are gone as well as all the farms. The rich have taken over and ruined everything. I can no longer snowmobile, start bon fires, shoot a gun, or go to the local pond to fish without police asking me what i'm doing. I hate the city and modern culture in general. Especially the last 5 years.

I wanted to move to SE Minnesota but the land there is expensive. Then I discovered NE Iowa to be the exact same landscape only much cheaper. [/SIZE][/SIZE]Allamakee, Clayton, or Winneshiek counties are what I am set on moving to. Of course, I would need a job. So my question is, are there any jobs in that area that you know of that I can get my foot in? Perhaps you know of someone who is hiring? Any advice would be of great use to me and very appreciated. This move means a lot to me and I am ready to go ASAP. Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Careful. Property taxes in Iowa are easliy double what they are in Minnesota. So while land purchase prices are less in Iowa than in Minnesota, the actual cost to own is likely very similar...
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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Try Dubuque, it is just one county south of Clayton, and is still considered in northeastern Iowa, the job market is very prosperous here and we were named 23rd nationally in job growth in 2006, right between Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida... The hills are breathtaking, cliffs, everything that Clayton County has Dubuque has all that and more... Dubuque was also named an All-American City in 2007... In 2007 also it was named the best community for children in America, and has also achieved that award all ready in 2008... it is a very prospective community, a great place for ANYONE... I live in Peosta, which is the fastest growin' city in Iowa, and a suburb of Dubuque, great place, consider it!
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: IN
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I just saw your post. The tri-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa is known as the "bluff country." It really is a great area. Another area you could look at is SW Wisconsin. Try an outlying town near La Crosse or Prairie du Chien. Some counties to concentrate on are: La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, and Platte.

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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Yes, I have a high regard for the areas mentioned above by Plains 10, The area between Dubuque and the Wisconsin Dells is stellar in terms of scenery... and the roads in Wisconsin are undescribably smooth.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:53 PM
 
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Default Caution About Moving To Dubuque

The job situation in Dubuque is not too great. One major employer has just announced they declared bankruptcy and another is terminating 79 jobs.

The high job growth numbers are in retail, fast food and tourism industry. If you are planning on moving to Dubuque and landing a good paying job, don't bet on it.

Jasper
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I live near the Minnesota and Iowa borders in South Dakota and understand that Minnesota is taxed than Iowa and is more expensive to live than Iowa.
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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"Jasperhobbs,"

--The company that laid off 79 people this week is not going into bankruptcy, it is relocating to a smaller heaquarters... and you have to expect some layoffs occasionally in such an industrial city.
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:58 PM
 
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Default Get your facts

Quebecor has indeed filed for bankruptcy. McKesson is cutting 79 jobs and moving to a LEASED facility. Hardly a ringing endorsement for staying in Dubuque

Plus McKesson is an Information Technology company. I don't consider that an industrial business.

Jasper


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"Jasperhobbs,"

--The company that laid off 79 people this week is not going into bankruptcy, it is relocating to a smaller heaquarters... and you have to expect some layoffs occasionally in such an industrial city.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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You are expressing unpleasant negitavity toward the city of Dubuque.

Technology is industry... any place that produces anything is industrial, clean and simple as I learned by a high school teacher...

I did not know Quebecor was moving, they have headquarters all over the Midwest and Southern Canada...

It is not all a loss in Dubuque, there are plenty of other high tech and retail positions available, and increasing in availability by the day...

Cities lose jobs, and gain them... occasionally a city will lose jobs... but Dubuque is better, it is proactive about the jobs at loss, and promotes other industrial and commercial businesses/factories to settle down in Dubuque.

Dubuque DOES NOT have a bad job market, if it did, HOW did it qualify on the list of the fastest growing job markets in the country list, not only that, but rank in the top 25?

Maybe you should get your facts.
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