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Old 05-29-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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New to the area and we are looking at buying a house in Monticello and in the Elk River area and will be working in the Brooklyn Center area. Is Monticello or Elk River to far to drive, especially during the winter? Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:04 PM
 
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It's all subjective. For me, if I had to commute during normal coming hours....yes. if I could commute during off hours, then no. Also keep in mind that this route gets jammed with minnesotans going up north on Thurs/Friday afternoon during the summer as they head to their cabins. I think lastly, consider that if you had to change jobs, you would be limited to looking in the NW metro only. Hope that helps!
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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It's all subjective. For me, if I had to commute during normal coming hours....yes. if I could commute during off hours, then no. Also keep in mind that this route gets jammed with minnesotans going up north on Thurs/Friday afternoon during the summer as they head to their cabins. I think lastly, consider that if you had to change jobs, you would be limited to looking in the NW metro only. Hope that helps!
This would prevent me from living in that area, **** sucks!!!
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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I know I alluded to this, but oftentimes people are concerned about long commutes in the winter. Cabin traffic aside, Summer is much worse for long commutes, as all of our construction in condensed into a 6 month period. In addition you have schools out as well. Depending on your profession, it's generally expected that most white collar jobs automatically work from home when it snows in MN, or at a minimum delays their arrival. We have great plows, so most snows are cleared rather quickly. That's not to say I haven't been a part of a poorly timed 2.5 winter commute before, but those areextreme exceptions

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Old 05-31-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Yeah...both choices sound like commutes you get stuck with and try to learn to live with. I would not voluntarily elect either one.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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I suggest you look at Waze and see how long the commute is on different days of the week at the time you expect to be commuting. I am not a fan of commuting and am thankful I don’t have to, but we may be less tolerant of the hassle of commuting than people from other parts of the country.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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From Brooklyn Center going west on 94 is one of most congested highways. If you are not on your way out before 3:00 or even 2:00, especially on Thursdays and Fridays during summer months, you will be sitting in traffic and triple your commute time. There are not any alternative routes, partially because there are only so many bridges that go over the Mississippi River. Also, suburbia has been expanding in that direction.
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