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Old 01-03-2016, 03:36 PM
 
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I may be relocating to Grand Forks later this winter. Are there any rural areas outside of town that's still offer safe commutes in winter? How far is too far out?
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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I may be relocating to Grand Forks later this winter. Are there any rural areas outside of town that's still offer safe commutes in winter? How far is too far out?

Hello....

I live in East Grand Forks Minnesota and work in Grand Forks. For nearby towns....I know many that live in Thompson ND (smaller school district) which is very close to the south end of GF and shopping. Otherwise I know my boss once lived in Larimore...and would commute on Hwy 2. Also know some people who live in Crookston and commute in....Larmore I would estimate is 30 min drive and Crookston to GF is about 40 min drive. Both are along Hwy 2...the MN portion of Hwy 2 between EGF and Crookston often closes in blizzards as there is nothing but farmland between the two towns. Sretch of Hwy 2 to the base can be iffy and then our to Larimore you have a stretch of some hills right at the edge of the Red River Valley (Turtle River).

Also have a co-worker that has a place with land near Gilby ND (20 min drive or so) and also Manvel is pretty close by. Northwood as well....but that is pushing the envelope for travel in winter. I forgot Mayville...someone lives just east of Mayville and commutes up the interstate at my work. He has on occasion missed work but it is rare. If you do live in the smaller towns and have to commute, it is highly advisable you have a 4x4 truck or similar.

In all cases..if you do live outside of town it is very wise to have a storm home in town you can go to if needed. It is the wind and blowing snow that are the main hazards....

Any additional ? I am more than happy to help. I have lived in GF and EGF....been in the area since 1998. Work in the Weather forecasting business. I am not as familiar with living in small towns around the area other than knowing some folks who live there and been in some of them passing through.

Dan
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