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Old 05-21-2019, 07:04 PM
 
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Hello. There is a possible move in the near future for my wife and I (both in late 40ís, originally from small towns in Iowa, currently in big city, Fla). Wanting to move back close to our roots, and away from big city life. Iíve been to Rochester, but as a teenager, donít remember much. Have a lot of family in NE Iowa, so familiar with the region. Given the choice to live anywhere from Owatonna to Rochester, potential job in Byron area, what would be your own choice and why? We are used to drives of 30-45 minutes to get basically anywhere, so if the amenities of Rochester are within that distance, wouldnít be a big deal.

Not even sure things will work out, but if they do, the move could be happening quite soon. Looking forward to any input, and thank you in advance
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:11 PM
 
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Have a look at Pine Island. It's nearly part of Rochester but has a nice, small town feel. The area around there is prettier, I think than the flatlands of Owatonna.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:04 PM
 
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Thank you for the feedback, will definitely check it out. What about Kasson, just to try to pick your brain?
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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Kasson is good, homey people but I wonder if they aren't struggling. Their town roads are a mess. Pine Island is tidier, more upscale and has better resources.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:39 AM
 
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Incidentally, if you visit Owatonna and are hungry stop in at Torey's for lunch. We recently celebrated a birthday dinner there and were very pleased with the quality, atmosphere and prices of the food. It's a hidden gem.

How's your search going?
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:50 PM
 
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We are just checking out things from afar right now, wonít know for a couple weeks if this will materialize or not. I do think that we have pretty much devised on Kasson or Byron. That could change of course, but seems like the way we are leaning right now. Would still love to keep hearing any input yíall are willing to share. If it works out, I would guess we will be on our way up there in early July
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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It's not my area of expertise but a favorite restaurant is in nearby Mantorville so I do get over that way and I am friends with people from the area. I hope some others with more information will chime in.

I was over there last Tuesday and I'm realizing that it was Dodge Center that had the crumbling streets. Also went through Kasson which appears more prosperous than Dodge Center. Sorry to mislead.

At any rate you will have good resources nearby and the small town values are often a good atmosphere. I imagine with Rochester nearby you'll have a good percentage of educated people in the area.

Not an easy thing to do. I've moved across country a few times but that was in younger years when I was less concerned about where I was going and more adventurous.
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