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Old 09-04-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Patterson
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I really need some information about small communities surrounding Minneapolis within 50 miles and a rent base of under 1500.00. I have very little experience living in the snow especially the quantity the area gets in winter. My husband is familiar but our children 4, 12 and 16 and myself are not. Any tips support would be greatly appreciated. He is leaving Sunday and want to follow him before the end October. Thank you
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:51 AM
 
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There are plenty of communities that might meet those specifications. Do you know where your husband will be working? That could help narrow it down a bit. There won't be that big of a variation among possible towns, so minimizing the commute would be a reasonable factor to consider. Also, what's your idea of small? Do you want to be in a town completely removed from anything urban or suburban? Mostly small-town with some suburban growth? There's a range of options from completely suburban to completely small town within a 50 mile radius. If you describe a bit more in detail what you want, I'm sure you'll get many good ideas.
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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I was hoping somebody else might chime in. I can't comment nearly as authoritatively as others on the subject.

The first option that pops into my head is Waconia. It's a small town on the periphery of the metro area which has grown a good deal in recent years. Though only second and third hand, I've heard nothing but good things about it. The growth may give it a somewhat suburbanish feel, but it should still be mostly a small town. New Prague also comes to mind. In exchange for being slightly farther from Minneapolis, it may have a bit more of the typical small town vibe. There's a really good old-fashioned bakery right on the main street. Other similar options include Buffalo, St. Michael, Jordan, Delano, North Branch, Hastings, and many more. I can't comment on the particulars of many of them nor can I comment on how reasonable a commute would be.

Somebody always mentions Northfield in threads like this. There are two private colleges in town and Northfield is definitely a college town. In Northfield's case, the good outweighs the bad but it definitely has a different flavor than other similar towns.

The suburbs themselves may warrant a look, too. Depending on your idea of small, some areas that Minnesotans regard as suburbs make feel small enough for you.

I wish I could help more, but most of my knowledge on any of these towns is hearsay. I hope this at least gets you started.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:57 PM
 
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You could look at Red Wing. It is right on the Mississippi and is a nice town. Cannon Falls might be worth looking at. We have friends in both towns and they like where they live. I don't know a great deal about many of the small towns. I do like Northfield too.
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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Thank you so much for responding. My husband is working on the basketball stadium for the retro fit and overtime for the new football stadium in Minneapolis.
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:57 PM
 
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I am new to the forum and didn't realize I had responses.. thanks again
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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I main concerns is schools for my children. I want to be able to within a 30/40 minute drive to the city/amazing mall I have heard about. Lol inner city of rent prices are within range but if I can live more on the outskirts of the city and pay less for a smaller community, would be awesome.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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Ask in the Twin Cities section for more local responses.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/minneapolis-st-paul/
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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I wouldn't go as far out as Northfield or Redwing, personally - either is more than a 30-40 minute drive to downtown (unless you're speeding and going off-peak). You can get to the airport or the mall in 45 minutes from N'fld, but for getting to downtown Mpls I'd allot at least an hour. I don't think I'd go farther south than Lakeville or maybe Apple Valley.

What about west side of Shakopee? Not exactly my turf, but seems like a good mix of school quality, affordability, and small-town-ness.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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So you need to look at the map and the highways that will get to the stadium downtown. Realistically you will face up to an hour to get there from any suburb because of traffic and or storms. Doubt if 30 minutes would work from anywhere just because of traffic back up. But you want to be near the Mall of America so it's the south side you want to look at? So look at Eagan, or Edina. But the metro area is really one fully built up area, and none of the communities are really separate until you get out to Jordon on the south side. Skakopee has a nice community feel.
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