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Old 02-12-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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Hi Katholland:

I would definately agree with the suggestions Ghengis gave you on the northern exurban areas of the Twin Cities of Anoka County , Washington County , Chisago County , Isanti County ,etc. Each of these counties were growing prior to the housing bubble bursting, and will pick-up again. I would even add Sherburne County and Wright County along the Mississippi River,I-94 and U.S. Highway 10 corridor to St. Cloud, MN. to the mix of possibilities. Each of the counties listed above have hospitals in the county along with affiliated medical clinics.

Fairview Hospitals and Clinics owns the Wyoming Hospital off I-35 exit # 135 in Wyoming, MN zip code 55092. I am not sure who owns the hospital in Cambridge zip code 55008 which is the largest city in and County Seat of Isanti County or the Monticello - Big Lake Hospital along the Mississippi River off Interstate 94 exit #193 which is Minnesota State Road 25 in Monticello zip code 55362. Allina Hospitals and Clinics owns the Buffalo Hospital on S.R. 25 in Buffalo, MN 55313 right in the center of Wright County.

None of the small towns Ghengis mentioned have the crime, drugs or gangs like some of the small towns in Florida do. Most are well kept, blue collar, everyone knows everyone kind of place. You'll find some meth use, alcohol abuse along with a few rednecks but more white trash and they don't bother anyone.

If you expand your search to some of the small cities within a 60 to 80 mile radius of Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul such as the St. Cloud Metro area population 60,000 ( 56301 , 56302 , 56303 )which includes the suburbs of: Sartell , Sauk Rapids , Waite Park ,and St. Joseph encompasses three Counties Stearns County, Benton County and Sherburne County. St Cloud, population has the large St. Cloud Hospital along with the Centracare Medical Campus. Rochester, with a poulation of 100,000 part of Olmstead County ( 55901 , 55902 , 55903 , 55904 ) is the medical capital of North America with the main campus for the world famous Mayo Clinic, which is always hiring, along with St. Mary's Hospital and the Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federal Medical Center all within the Rochester City limits. Mankato along with North Mankato in Blue Earth County and Nicollet County respectively has Immanuel- St. Joseph Hospital which is part of the Mayo Health Systems.

All the small cities I mentioned have all the shopping, entertainment, restaurants, options you'll find in the Twin Cities without the high crime and the costs of buying or renting a home being much lower than in Minneapolis- St. Paul and only an hour away.

Best of luck with your move and your husbands gaining of Minnesota Certification and job search please write with any questions or needed clarifications from us.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: St. Paul
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You might consider looking at Richfield. It's a typical postwar suburb, and certainly not trendy, but that keeps rents lower. It also deals with airport noise, especially in its eastern half, but again, this keeps rents lower. I run through many of the neighborhoods in its western half, and have for years. It's mostly filled with working class/middle class single family dwellings and townhomes that seem well maintained and pleasant enough - certainly not ghetto. I'd rent there.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Richfield, location-wise, is just about 2nd to NONE and I'm amazed land values there aren't kicking lower-income residents off the land! It's surrounded by 4 freeways, each are the top 50% in terms of traffic volume. It's close to downtown, the airport and MOA. It's in the "grid system" and busing is SUPER easy anywhere in Richfield, so you don't have to commute by car to work. Schools are questionable but that topic has been debated here (fiercely) before, so I am not going to push that button too much. All around it gets much less attention than it deserves for an affordable, centrally located, and pretty diverse and safe city.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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MSP closes down at around 8pm anyway right? I don't think you'll have to worry too much about airport noise in Richfield.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:31 AM
 
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I love Richfield. It's one of my favorite local suburbs. Great sense of community, excellent location, nice park system (and the wonderful Wood Lake Nature Center!), etc. Mostly post-war housing, but most of it has been well-maintained, and many have been expanded (since the post-war homes are often on the smaller side.)

Richfield is also growing increasingly popular with people who are priced out of south/southwest Minneapolis and Edina. I think it will become more and more popular in the years to come. I think it's a better bet on that front then the northern suburbs. (and far more convenient/central if the kids are going to college or looking for jobs) A little too quiet and suburban for me for my own living situation, but it's a great place and I think excellent for families. We spend a lot of time there, and I'm a major Richfield booster. You can find decent rental houses there for around the $1000 mark.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis,MN Camden
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Thank you so much for all the information. Does anyone know anything about the town of Fridley? I did happen to find some nice affordable homes for rent in that area...within our price range. Also, getting off the topic of that..can anyone tell me what the price of cigarettes are in MN? A ball park amount. Here in Fl they are going for $5 to $7 a pack. Curious what the comparison is. Also, are tanning salons pretty common there as well?
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Thank you so much for all the information. Does anyone know anything about the town of Fridley? I did happen to find some nice affordable homes for rent in that area...within our price range. Also, getting off the topic of that..can anyone tell me what the price of cigarettes are in MN? A ball park amount. Here in Fl they are going for $5 to $7 a pack. Curious what the comparison is. Also, are tanning salons pretty common there as well?
I don't smoke but I think $5-$7 is the range here as well.....MAYBE $0.50-$1.00 more per pack, but that's it.

You can find tanning salons in just about every strip mall here (5 to 6 months of the year people don't get enough sun here!), but without being too judgemental, they are finding out how incredibly terrible and dangerous tanning booths are to your skin. My wife LOVES to tan and she's pretty dark but she and I both are pretty much giving up the tanning booths now that they have been proven to increase cancer risk exponentially.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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MSP closes down at around 8pm anyway right? I don't think you'll have to worry too much about airport noise in Richfield.
I live under the flight path further away in Edina and yes, I'd say you stop hearing the planes so much by 8 or 9 at night. 5 to 6 is usually the busiest time of the day.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Fridley is an OK area, not the greatest.

Try: Blaine, Coon Rapids, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover, Champlin, Ham Lake, Forest Lake, Circle Pines, St Francis, East Bethal, Lexington.
I prefer: Andover, Ham Lake, Forest Lake, Ramsey. They are more like smaller towns unlike the others but still within 30 miles to the city.


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Old 02-14-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Also, Cigarettes are anywhere from 4.50 (for cheapies) to about 6.50 for newports. Marlboros are about 5.50 and Camels 5.75.
Tanning salons are a dime a dozen in the 'burbs.
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