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Old 05-27-2010, 06:42 PM
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Through this forum someone has lead me to seriously look into the SE Minnesota area for relocation purposes.

With my education and work experience I don't feel that finding a job in my field to at least get started as a Minnesota resident will be too hard. Of course, I plan on looking at making contacts first so I might even have a job to go to. (I already have a few good leads)

However, I don't know anyone in Minnesota and since a lot of places won't rent unless you've worked at your job first I might have to "camp out" for a short time until I find a place.

Just when does it start getting cold there? I mean, too cold to camp? I can handle night time temps being in the teens. (I don't like it, but I can handle it. ) But, I will also have a small dog with me so I don't want it too cold for him.

Might there be any other suggestions of a place I might be able to stay for a short time if the weather does get a bit cold before I find a place?
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:06 PM
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You mean like right now? Pefect camping weather for the next 5/6 months.....After that just wear your longjohns
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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It probably won't get too cold until sometime in mid to late October depending. It can get cold before October, but last year, we suffered through some of our highest temps in September.

If you can't find a place, the Salvation Army has a building here that I think has apartments. Not sure how it all works, though. But it's a good resource to look into for options.

I honestly don't think you should have too difficult of a time finding a place in Rochester before you get a job. There is everything from boarding houses to luxury condos for rent here. There are plenty of hotels that have weekly rates available too if it reaches that point.

If you are confident in finding a job based on what Rochester offers, I wouldn't worry too much about camping out for too long. Of course, camping out when it's cold will also all depend on when you plan to move here too.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:55 PM
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September is warm to hot in the beginning and progressively gets cooler. October starts out chilly, but by Halloween it is COLD. I grew up in Austin (45 mins west of Rochester), and I still don't have the skin to camp in the teens! But honestly, I have never heard of anyone having a hard time finding a place to rent if they had money. Southeast Minnesota is so small-town friendly I seriously doubt you will have to camp for any amount of time! I know of about a dozen drug addicts that have apartments. You'll be just fine.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:06 PM
Location: Minnesota
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If you are comfortable camping when the temps get into the middle teens, you might be able to go longer, but I think that you could make it mid to late October. If you add the small dog in the equation, I would say that would probably be the latest I would try it. They seem like they get cold so easy. (Unless, of course, we have an unusually warm fall). Keep in mind, it is not out of the question for us to get snow in October, at least by Halloween. I spent many years as a kid with winter coats under my costumes. Sometimes it's still quite warm. Minnesota is kind of hard to predict.

I also have Rochester at the top of my list for relocating. It's a great city. Flipping through the visitor's guide, I found at least one place that allows for extended stay called Brentwood on Fifth. Whether it is expensive or any good, I don't know. But if you call and ask some of the hotels around there, I wouldn't be surprised if you could easily find one that offers weekly rates. I think with the Mayo Clinic, a lot of patients and family may need to stay for longer periods of time for treatments and such, so I wouldn't be surprised to see that offered often.

Good luck!
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