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Old 12-01-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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From a purely aesthetic point of view, Red Wing>Hastings. I have no information about the schools. The top public schools in the area, IMOP, are in the SW metro.

On Tuesday, out of curiosity, I checked the traffic at 5:30pm and, according to the traffic map, you could travel from Red Wing to MSP in 59 minutes. I was VERY surprised at that. Actually, I would prefer a commute like that vs. a commute where you go 10 miles in 35 minutes in stop and go traffic.

I would consider getting AWD vehicle, preferably a SUV, with some clearance. I would also put on snow tires. This should aid you when the it snows during your commute or they haven't cleared the snow yet on your drive. You won't need this probably most of the time but for those 8-10 times of year, it will make a difference.

I would also check the map and see how the commute is estimated for a week or two. If everything is consistent and you don't mind the 1 hour drive, then Red Wing works. On a side note, I always suggest people do the apartment first and get a feel for the area before diving into a house (smaller town usually have a slower housing market so it might be harder to sell if you don't like the area). A little headache now, might save a larger headache in the future.
From Red Wing to MSP at 5:30pm is the wrong way.
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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From Red Wing to MSP at 5:30pm is the wrong way.
LOL...True. I think I actually imputed MSP to Red Wing but I'll check it out tomorrow to make sure. That is a VERY important point.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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No. Don't do that to yourself. Hastings should be the very furthest that you should be considering unless you really enjoy spending all of your free time in traffic.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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No. Don't do that to yourself. Hastings should be the very furthest that you should be considering unless you really enjoy spending all of your free time in traffic.
Don't know for certain, but I'd imagine from a traffic perspective, the OP wouldn't start hitting congestion until 494 (or maybe northern Cottage Grove depending on route taken).

I don't love long commutes, but my point being that this isn't likely to be a very congested commute until the latter third. Also, if OP has a flexible employer, the snow piece is a moot point.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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LOL...True. I think I actually imputed MSP to Red Wing but I'll check it out tomorrow to make sure. That is a VERY important point.
It's 1hr 1 minute right now at 5:48pm Monday MSP to Red Wing.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:56 PM
 
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From Red Wing to MSP at 5:30pm is the wrong way.
I tried it at 3pm, 4pm, and 5:35 pm (MSP to Red Wing, MN on 12/2/2019). They longest was 1 hr 2 minutes and the shortest was 59 minutes. The assumption is that the google is accurately reflecting the driving time. Like I said before, this is surprising.

The original poster doesn't have a problem with a hour commute so, if this reflects a typical drive, that should not stop him from selecting Red Wing.

Hmmm. I looked up MLS and came across this interesting house from the 1870s.

https://matrixmedia.northstarmls.com...LYdm1EVRtBCw))

MLS# 5259694

what a bargain assuming no major issues!!!

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Old 12-02-2019, 06:00 PM
 
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I tried it at 3pm, 4pm, and 5:35 pm (MSP to Red Wing, MN on 12/2/2019). They longest was 1 hr 2 minutes and the shortest was 59 minutes. The assumption is that the google is accurately reflecting the driving time. Like I said before, this is surprising.

The original poster doesn't have a problem with a hour commute so, if this reflects a typical drive, that should not stop him from selecting Red Wing.
I guess I would buy these times. Is it down HWY 52 or HWY 10?

Either way those aren’t major commuting corridors. It’s still a long commute and on snowy days could be impassable. At the very least I’d negotiate work from home privileges if possible for weather.
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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People from the east coast are used to very long commute times. That said, while an hour may seem like a piece of cake when they first get here, after a couple of years they’ll be like what am I doing spending two hours a day on the road?
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Isanti County, Minnesota
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I don't know which route they plan on commuting to and fro but if they're going 61 to 50 to 52 there are some hills going through New Trier, Miesville, etc. that I wouldn't want anything to do with in heavy winter weather. We used to go that way to Red Wing when we lived in Lakeville and it took a while. I can't imagine commuting between the airport and there.
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