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Old 10-25-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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You redefine the name Toolman.

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What's wrong with Iowa??

You people think fast food is cool.

No wonder your Representatives think that people with strong calves are drugs smugglers....

You people are so backwards that it is funny.
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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It's not exactly a "cool" place to live. It's definitely a very family oriented state and there is not the nightlife and arts scene that you would expect in many other places in the country, especially on the coasts. Even the biggest city here is bland and small. I would rather live in Missouri.

I hate when people argue that the low cost of living is a "good thing." A low cost of living indicates that median incomes are not high -- there are frankly few opportunities here, unless you want to work in agriculture or insurance.

As I've argued, Iowa is a good place to lead a conventional life, with a decent steady paying job to support a family. If you want something/anything more out of life GET OUT. Unfortunately for Iowa, many take this advice and all of the talented people move to more exciting urban areas and little is done to help improve the quality of life for the residents here. There is a sense of stagnation here. Everything moves so slow.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:13 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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I grew up in Davenport, left in the 90's for the Army and never looked back. After living in the other states that I have, I don't see myself ever moving back.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:37 PM
 
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hi im a african american single mother, i am interested in moving to dubuque with my family. I am a RN and would like to move to a more safe enviorment. Any pointers?
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:41 AM
 
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Hi there! I made it as far as page 14, then my eyes stared hurting so I thought I might try asking a few questions & seeing what (if any) responses I got.
My husband & I are considering a move to Iowa w/ our two boys, ages 11 & 7. Our 7 year old is visually impaired & has cerebral palsy & we have heard that Iowa has decent schools, & is closer to Gillette Childrens Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota, which I understand has excellent programs for kids with Cerebral Palsy. We currently reside in Kansas, & the healthcare here is sub par, at best. Schools are OK, but only after MANY years of struggling to get the services our kids deserve. We are just wanting to rent a decent home, hopefully n the country, so our boys can have space to run & I can grow a nice garden ( I have 2 green thumbs! ) ....want close access to lakes, forests, museums... we all love taking little day-trips to learn new things & explore.
Our son gets only 20 minutes of therapy at school a week, so the lakes & parks here have always been his "therapy". My husband is a blue collar kind of guy, but we have heard the wages might be a bit better up there as opposed to here in Kansas. I really prefer to live away from the chemical run-off from huge corn & soybean fields... we are surrounded by them now & it has been many years since I have seen honeybees... the butterflies have also decreased in number, as have all the birds & other creatures. Is Iowa the place for us? We need organic Farmers Markets & farms... people that aren't totally narrow-minded & racist... coming from Kansas we are used to extreme weather, & as me & my 2 boys are blond & fair, hoping to get a bit of a break from the horrible oppressive Kansas summers! Would love any tips anyone may have!
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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KsStorm
You might consider opening a new thread of your own creation here for your brand new inquiry which has very specific questions. As such, you could receive more viewership attention & feedback from people who realize that you have posted a new inquiry that is not just a rehash of the pre-existing thread to which you attached your post.
If you need help moving this to a new thread, the moderator would be glad to help you out.
Off-hand, I feelthat northeast Iowa might be best suited to the type of geographical environment that you are looking for, perhaps specifically in the "Driftless" area. Decorah is a small city in that area & is a very pleasant & progressive community.
Slightly removed from the Driftless zone is Waverly, another small city that has a reputation similar to that of Decorah.
Good luck & post more questions as the need arises!

Driftless Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:06 PM
 
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KsStorm
You might consider opening a new thread of your own creation here for your brand new inquiry which has very specific questions. As such, you could receive more viewership attention & feedback from people who realize that you have posted a new inquiry that is not just a rehash of the pre-existing thread to which you attached your post.
If you need help moving this to a new thread, the moderator would be glad to help you out.
Off-hand, I feelthat northeast Iowa might be best suited to the type of geographical environment that you are looking for, perhaps specifically in the "Driftless" area. Decorah is a small city in that area & is a very pleasant & progressive community.
Slightly removed from the Driftless zone is Waverly, another small city that has a reputation similar to that of Decorah.
Good luck & post more questions as the need arises!

Driftless Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thank you atler8, Mods can you help?
I actually have read about the Driftless area, it sounds wonderful. I will check into Decorah & Waverly!
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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KsStorm - I am the mother of a special needs child. Soon to be 4 yr old son who has cp. My husband was transferred to cedar falls ia. We are currently house hunting and I was looking for info about that area when I came across your post. We also live in kansas right now so I was a bit shocked to see the similarities b/t us. I am interested to see what other info you have found out. Pls let me know. Thanks, Samm.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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KsStorm - I am the mother of a special needs child. Soon to be 4 yr old son who has cp. My husband was transferred to cedar falls ia. We are currently house hunting and I was looking for info about that area when I came across your post. We also live in kansas right now so I was a bit shocked to see the similarities b/t us. I am interested to see what other info you have found out. Pls let me know. Thanks, Samm.

Here is a link to the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). They may be able to provide you info or resources for your child. They are part of the Children's Hospital which also has a center for cerebral palsy. I am not sure if my link will work on here. If it doesn't come through, just google the center and get their phone number. I think they could give you valuable assistance. I do know the center has satellite offices throughout Iowa. Best wishes to you and KsStorm.

Center for Disabilities and Development

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:28 AM
 
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Default Born and Raised

I was born and raised in Iowa obviously my entire life. But as soon as I turned 18 I wanted the hell out... BIG MISTAKE. The people in Iowa will all say one thing.. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO! Well, yes... But you want to know we do have? A southern hospitality without the heat, kids selling lemonade on the side of a small town street, our one red carpet event-Your local high school prom, Friday night football, Farms, cities, and a whole lot of love. Don't confuse that with the absurd notion that we do not have the occasional a**hole.. I promise, you WILL run into him. But, grab that sweet tea, turn up that country song and pray to god he gets what he deserves. Everybody that lives here will tell you that they hate it, but as soon as they leave, they're planning the move back home. We're all family here. We are the south without accents.
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