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Old 04-10-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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Minnisota has a high economic ranking compared to much of the rest of the country. I hear the lakes are beautiful.
Im looking for a good place to raise a family. Is there such a place? We moved from the CA. Central Coast to Austin, TX. in 07 because I was impressed with the jobs statistics. The problem is most of the jobs are low paying, part time with no bennies. My wife has a BA with teaching credentials. She makes $9.50 an hour as a teachers aid and will not have a job next year. I am a highly skilled and starving Carpenter. It sucks here! We were just considering S. Dakota which looks nice. Low unemployment BUT. I keep reading how terribly low the wages are.

Soany successful transplant stories to share? What part of Minnesota to look at? We love the out doors. I know the winters would be a big change. The good and bad; Lets hear it. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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I was just thinking about why I love it here so much and it comes down to quality of life. You can really make a nice living for yourself and a family here. The education and carpentry fields could be either or here. You both could find jobs or be constantly looking for work. It might depend on a little on luck, at least in the Twin Cities. But for quality life you can't beat it here. IMO.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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I was just thinking about why I love it here so much and it comes down to quality of life. You can really make a nice living for yourself and a family here. The education and carpentry fields could be either or here. You both could find jobs or be constantly looking for work. It might depend on a little on luck, at least in the Twin Cities. But for quality life you can't beat it here. IMO.

I suppose you could say that about any place. It sounds like TC has a lot going for it. Im not sure how well I would adjust to the winters there. It sounds even more extreme than S.D. Although I have an aunt who moved to Minnesota from S. CA. and is doing well. I would have to store my beloved Harley Davidson for half the year. Its not about me though; Its about what is best for my family. I am more than willing to trade warm weather for a decent job at this point.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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The winters here aren't really that bad. The hardcore cold weather months are December, January and February. You'll get some nice days in November, March and April. It's consistently warm from May -- October.

Besides the Twin Cities, Minnesota also has Rochester, Moorhead, Mankato, St. Cloud and Marshall. All are smaller cities with pretty good job markets, so consider these places instead of Minneapolis-St. Paul if you don't like city living.

Duluth is a really nice small city on Lake Superior, but the job market is pretty poor right now and the winters are a lot more severe than in the southern half of the state.

Another area to look at is Rock County in the far southwestern corner of the state. It's basically an exurb of Sioux Falls, SD, and you'd be able to buy a nice, newer house for cheap in a small town like Luverne or Beaver Creek; and have like a 20-30 minute drive to work in Sioux Falls. There's a lot of suburban-style development going up in Luverne, and the town is offering incentives for people to buy there (as of April 2011). Beaver Creek is a really small town, but it's closer to Sioux Falls. Of course, if you choose to live in that area, you'd have to deal with South Dakota's low wages, so I'd consider Rock County as a last option. You could also drive to Worthington, MN for work, which is about 30 minutes east of Luverne, but most jobs in Worthington are low-wage, entry-level type positions.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Here are some websites on the cities I mentioned in my first post:

Luverne, Minnesota
Rock County
City of Marshall, MN - Welcome to Marshall, Minnesota
Official City of St. Cloud Web Site (http://www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/Default.aspx - broken link)
City of Rochester, Minnesota : Welcome
City of Moorhead
The City of Mankato, Minnesota

Here are some job postings in those areas:
Sioux Falls Jobs
Monster Jobs The Free Press, Mankato, MN
Jobs, Employment in Saint Cloud, MN | Indeed.com
Postbulletin.com: Rochester, MN
http://www.simplyhired.com/a/local-j...l-Moorhead,+MN
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Also, here are some websites for newspapers from the cities I mentioned. No one really reads newspapers for news anymore, but these should help you get a little bit of the feel for the cities:

Home - Rock County Star-Herald.com
MarshallIndependent.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Info. - Marshall Independent
Homepage The Free Press, Mankato, MN
Fargo Moorhead news, sports and weather | INFORUM | Fargo, ND
St. Cloud TIMES | Saint Cloud news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Saint Cloud, Minnesota | sctimes.com
PostBulletin.com: Rochester, MN

And here's the papers for the Twin Cities area -- there are two:
StarTribune.com: News, weather, sports from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota
Home: St. Paul Pioneer Press - TwinCities.com
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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As far as income paying jobs and high-skilled demand, that's all GRAVY here. This would be the place to go if you want a CAREER, not just a job. 20 Fortune 500 companies and TONS of analyst, accounting, marketing, underwriting, etc. etc. etc. jobs for all levels. If you want a career job, this is a great place for that.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I thought you were "Done with City-Data." Ha-ha..Seriously, you took time out of your day to try and help a complete stranger.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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As far as income paying jobs and high-skilled demand, that's all GRAVY here. This would be the place to go if you want a CAREER, not just a job. 20 Fortune 500 companies and TONS of analyst, accounting, marketing, underwriting, etc. etc. etc. jobs for all levels. If you want a career job, this is a great place for that.
Well, where do all of these "Career people" put all of their things? The fruits of their labor. They must need houses? Cabinets to store their things right? Someone has to get their hands dirty. That is where people like me come in. You see, the "Career people" need us "Job" people! They just dont like to admit it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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This place is fabulous! Seriously!
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