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Old 07-18-2012, 02:37 PM
Location: East TX
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I am looking at a position in Emmetsburg, IA and considering relocation there with a family including several children. I already know the weather and understand it is a small town. I want to know thoughts on schools and whether Emmetsburg is good or are there other communities within driving distance with better schools - and why?

Also want to know what activities are offered locally. I have kids interested in gymnastics and swimming - how local or far away are these offered?

Real estate seems a little pricey for small town USA - why? What is keeping it propped up in this market? Spencer looks like less expensive but I prefer not to drive 30+ miles each way to work anymore. Appreciate any insights from people living in the area or previously from the area. Coming from a smaller town in rural south-central WI where prices are driven up by Madison 30 miles away.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:44 AM
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Emmetsburg is also home to a branch of ILCC; the college helps real estate values a little. I've never really heard anything bad about E'burg schools...they used to have decent sports...not sure how that is going. I certainly wouldn't plan on moving there and bussing my kids OUT of the district.

As a general rule, not many of the small towns in Iowa (at least the small towns in Western Iowa) have much for a swim team. I cant give you specifics there.

Overall E'burg isn't a bad town to live in...you'll find it suffers from the western Iowa syndrome at times. As long as your kids can handle the outdoors (and I don't know why not, coming from cen WI) they shouldn't be totally stupefied. You are only 40 minutes or so from Okoboji, which, in the summer, will keep anyone occupied.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:58 AM
Location: Jonesboro
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I am very familiar with Johnson Creek...it's where my mother was born & where my grandparents lived. My brother presently lives in Fort Atkinson.
By comparison, though Emmetsburg proper is larger than Creek & has 4,000 residents, it will seem very rural as it's nowhere near a large urban setting or on an interstate highway as is the case with Creek.
Generally across Iowa the schools are above average academically speaking but a small district like Emmetsburg may not offer swimming or gymnastics. A look at the school district web site may give you information or at least a school contact mumber or e-mail address for such questions. Wrestling & football have traditionally been the sports at which Emmetsburg High School has excelled.
I can't speak as to why the real estate in Emmetsburg would be pricey. That's a mystery to me. A check with real estate companies there may disprove or confirm that to be the case.
There is a cute but small lake on the north edge of Emmetsburg that can be a fun or idyllic spot. The town lies in the part of the state where most of the major natural lakes are located...mostly to the north and west of Emmetsburg. The last glacial age carved the soil & left Iowa with these lakes.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:16 PM
Location: East TX
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Atler - most schools in WI are also rated highly but we have seen many issues with Creek schools - particularly the middle and high school - that i no longer take a general recomendation. As it stands there has not been a follow up after we visited and interviewed.

The town (Emmetsburg) is nice if not typical of a smaller agricultural center in the midwest. The lake adds character and value. Realtor confirms prices on any relatively modern homes are propped up by hospital/community college/casino and limited quantity available. We also noticed a huge amount of support and signs for the local athletic teams and schools.

As it stands now it appears that our move may be to Lexington KY where another position has opened up and an offer has been made. Emmetsburg certainly seems like a nice place to live though.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:20 AM
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Emmetsburg is lame. There is a lot of drugs, especially meth in Emmetsburg for as small of town as it is. Courts and people in charge are close-minded and corrupt. I would avoid the town based on the robberies and crime also which seems to circle around the casino located there.
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