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Old 06-03-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I'm going to make a thread about coming back home . For those of you that don't know my story (I used to post here on the MI forum from 2008-2010):

I'm a single guy in my mid-20s, and I'm originally from Southwest Michigan. I've lived in Kalamazoo, Three Rivers and Niles, but when I speak of my "hometown," I generally say I'm from Kalamazoo. When I was younger, I used to love Michigan -- it was my home, and I wanted to stay there for the rest of my life, career or no career.

I went to Western Michigan University and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in aviation administration. The only job I could find was a nighttime/weekend (Saturday AND Sunday) customer service job in Indiana paying just over $8 per hour. It allowed me to scrape by and pay my rent/gas expenses, but I hated every minute of working there. After a while, I decided it was important to pursue a real career. I searched for jobs in Michigan for almost a year, first in my field (aviation), then in any field.

By the winter of 2009-2010, I was sick of Michigan's moribund employment market, so I resigned from my job, visited other states, applied for jobs out-of-town, found a position in Minnesota and left the state. When I left Michigan, I told myself I was done with the state -- I was sick of the gloomy weather, the stagnant economy, seeing the same people and doing the same things. I lived in Minneapolis, then Mankato, MN and finally Marshall, MN, where I live and work today. I've also done a lot of traveling, visiting places like Cedar Rapids, IA, Rochester, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, Eau Claire, Chicago, Iowa City, IA, Atlanta, Columbus, OH and plenty of small towns in between. I've also seriously considered / researched moving to Canada, especially somewhere in Quebec.

What I've come to realize over the past year is that I still haven't found a place nearly as good as my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Not only do I deeply, deeply miss my family and friends, I also miss the city itself -- its vibrant downtown, unique neighborhoods, beautiful architecture, college town vibe, proximity to Lake Michigan and even its weather (you don't know what bad weather is until you've spent a winter on the Northern Plains). I realize I've been defining how good a town is by how similar it is to Kalamazoo -- and I still haven't been anywhere that comes close. So, I'm strongly considering moving back home. I recently applied for admission to WMU's MPA program and I'm looking for jobs in the Kazoo area. I hope I'm not crazy to want to move home in this economy -- things have certainly improved over the past year. I hope things work out and I end up back where I belong. There really is no place like home.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Santa Maria, CA
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I would have thought Minnesota would be like MI but without the lake effect snow and the perma-gloom of MI. What's worse about MN than MI?
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I would have thought Minnesota would be like MI but without the lake effect snow and the perma-gloom of MI. What's worse about MN than MI?
MI may get lake effect snow, but it also gets the added benefit of having the lakes moderate the temps. MN is colder, much colder, in the winter; and can get hotter in the summer.
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Minnesota is NOT Michigan.
I say come on home. Get the attitude that nothing will stop you, and even though its tough here...nothing will keep you from making it. If you want something bad enough...you can do it. Be creative trying to find a job....not just handing a resume' and application. Do whatever it takes.
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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MI may get lake effect snow, but it also gets the added benefit of having the lakes moderate the temps. MN is colder, much colder, in the winter; and can get hotter in the summer.
A very important fact, the weather. The only thing Mn. has over other Midwest states is the job market. Why not have both? Move to the UP, you will get a little of both worlds, and yes we get a lot of snow , but not so cold as MN.
I see a lot on MN cars around town these days( Marquette), and a lot of western UP folks have moved from MN. Most of MN is too much like Iowa, and other Great Plaines states. the weather goes to the extreems yearound. There is work here if you have the skills. Construction is a big part of our workforce.With interest, homes and commerical building is very strong, and I have never see a home forclousuer, but I guess there must be some.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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A very important fact, the weather. The only thing Mn. has over other Midwest states is the job market. Why not have both? Move to the UP, you will get a little of both worlds, and yes we get a lot of snow , but not so cold as MN.
I see a lot on MN cars around town these days( Marquette), and a lot of western UP folks have moved from MN. Most of MN is too much like Iowa, and other Great Plaines states. the weather goes to the extreems yearound. There is work here if you have the skills. Construction is a big part of our workforce.With interest, homes and commerical building is very strong, and I have never see a home forclousuer, but I guess there must be some.
The whole point of moving is to go back home. I'm from Kalamazoo. The western UP is just as far away from home as where I'm living now. You see a lot of Minnesota plates up there because the area is very close to Minnesota. Ironwood is only 6 hours from Marshall, MN (in SW Minnesota) and 12 hours from Kalamazoo. Michigan is a huge state.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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MI may get lake effect snow, but it also gets the added benefit of having the lakes moderate the temps. MN is colder, much colder, in the winter; and can get hotter in the summer.
Exactly. The weather here is torture. It's either freezing cold or scorching hot, with not much in between. Plus, it's constantly windy. It's so windy that my trash can blows away at least once a week, and large branches snap off the few planted trees (trees don't grow naturally here).
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I would have thought Minnesota would be like MI but without the lake effect snow and the perma-gloom of MI. What's worse about MN than MI?
Nothing, except the weather. It's just not home. I'm a 12 hour drive away from my friends and family.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I would have thought Minnesota would be like MI but without the lake effect snow and the perma-gloom of MI. What's worse about MN than MI?
"Perma-gloom"? If you're from Michigan then you already know that that is a gross exaggeration. Maybe during the winter months, but we have nice, sunny spring days, mostly sunny, hot, summer days, and the most brilliantly sunny autumn days that you can imagine here in Michigan.

Maybe it's time to come home for a visit? It's often times easy to forget how nice things here can be, isn't it?
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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"Perma-gloom"? If you're from Michigan then you already know that that is a gross exaggeration. Maybe during the winter months, but we have nice, sunny spring days, mostly sunny, hot, summer days, and the most brilliantly sunny autumn days that you can imagine here in Michigan.

Maybe it's time to come home for a visit? It's often times easy to forget how nice things here can be, isn't it?
Flat out , most of MN. has very cold temps and very hot humid summers. A lot of Mi does not have these swings in climate. I will take the snow anyday over the cold.....and in summer, moderation and few AC days are nice.(Northern Mi.)
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