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Old 02-15-2015, 05:55 PM
 
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So I am curious. I asked a question about somewhere that has a good economy,good schools and is a good place to raise a family. Someone said Minnesota is doing well...so tell me about it! I am used to the winters so that's not a problem...Anywhere I should avoid? Anywhere I should look at? I don't care for huge cities...I prefer between 15-30k people. Schools that are known for there special education programs are needed as well.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:20 PM
 
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I would live in Bemidji, Stillwater or Northfield if I was choosing a city in MN that size.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into those...How does Minnesota compare to South Dakota?
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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Minnesota has more outdoors stuff like lakes and forests, better economy, better schools, better health care, lower property tax, higher state income tax and very different politics.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:45 PM
 
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I feel like I am way over taxed.

It is a beautiful state though.
Overall I believe most people are kind, caring, and helpful.

There are some good school and good Special Ed Programs.

Laws and help for people with disabilities here are good.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:07 PM
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It's like Canada, but in America. Now, if only it could adopt it's healthcare system ^^

Like Canada, it doesn't have so many religious loonies that you find in the bible belt, and it has a well educated populace. Also, gorgeous nature.
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:14 PM
 
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What's some good towns with education and economy at top of list in the Western part of the state? I have a friend that lives in Brookings,SD.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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You may want to consider Alexandria. Its current population is 12,000 (just slightly under your preferred range), but it is still growing. In the summer it will be more than that with its visitors who enjoy the hundreds of lakes in the surrounding area.

The school district ranks 39th out of 377 in the state. You will have to research further for special education information. Alexandria Public School District - Alexandria, Minnesota - SchoolDigger.com.

This is a list of largest employers: Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission | Largest Employers.

It is conveniently located just off I-94. It is about 125 miles from the Twin Cities metro area, 110 miles from the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and less than 70 miles from the St. Cloud metro area.

Should you ever desire to live in a larger city of around 45,000-60,000, then I would have strongly recommended Mankato, but it is in south central Minnesota. The advantage there is that you also have good colleges in that area. Believe there are three located there including Mankato State where the Vikings hold their summer training camp.

FYI..Bemidji (pop. 13,700) which was mentioned earlier, has Bemidji State University. It essentially is similar to Alexandria in other respects with its similar population, lakes, forests, and resorts, but much further north. A little more remote from most of the state's major urban areas than Alexandria.

Good luck with your decision!

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Old 02-16-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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i guess it depends on what you mean by Western MN.

Since you said Brookings SD, I assume you mean south western.

Personally you couldn't pay me to live in that part of MN but I guess some people like it.

There's not that much out there, just Marshall.

The nicest small town on the way to Brookings is probably New Ulm.

IMO if you're going to live out there, you could probably just as well live in SD.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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If being closer to your friend in Brookings, SD ranks high on your list, here is some information to consider.

Distance from Brookings to Alexandria: 165 miles.

Distance from Brookings to Marshall: 57 miles.

Marshall has a population of 13,680. Southwest Minnesota State University is located there. Another plus is the presence of Schwan's, which is easily the largest employer there with 1,600 employees in town. It is one of Minnesota's largest private companies. That is a town for you to definitely consider too IMO. You would be able to visit your friend more often from there, anyways. FWIW, Marshall is about 80 miles west of New Ulm which is famous for its German heritage and festivals.

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