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Old 08-06-2006, 03:36 PM
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Hello! I am so glad to have found this forum. A little background...

I grew up in Oklahoma City. Hubby grew up in S. California. Before we met hubby lived in Northern Idaho for a few years and *loved* it. Before we met I lived in Germany for 7 full years and *loved* it. Both N. Idaho and Germany had much more snow than where we each grew up and we both miss the weather in those places.

Move ahead a few years. I moved to KY by way of the Army. Hubby moved here by way of following his parents here when they became elderly and they moved here. We met and soon discovered that neither of us care for Kentucky at all. Not the southernness of it, the weather, nothing really. My husband is a truck driver and we all lived on the big truck for around 10 months. We drove through Wisconsin several times. I have had a love for Wisconsin since I was young and first read about it.

After checking out the homeschooling laws, which are good, and paying close attention to the daily weather there for some time, we have decided that we want to move to WI. Now the question is: Where? I have a very good idea where I want to be by researching on-line some of the cities. The towns I am drawn to are Oconomoc, Germantown and other cities between and around Oconomowo and Manitowoc.

Are there any homeschoolers on here? Or any others who might suggest whys or why nots about this area of WI?

We are also Christians who will be looking for a non-denominational church. Is the area predominately Catholic?

After spending 7 years in Germany and being of German ancestry myself, I am really looking forward to moving there either next Spring or soon thereafter. Plus, the state bird is the American Robin - and I am Robin. Ha ha!

Thank you SO much for any help. I am going to enjoy keeping up with this forum.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:41 PM
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wow, no responses yet? Well I grew up in Wisconsin just about 12 miles west of Oconomowoc. I left the state in the mid 70's so my information is pretty dated, but I tell you what I know. If your of German ancestry you have certainly found the right place. I think about half the sate has some German ancestry, there are also healthy populations of Poles and up north Scandahoovians. Being so it seemed like when I was young there were only two religions Catholic and Lutheran, but I'm pretty sure you can find some non-denominational ones in there as well without problems.

Oconomowoc was and still pretty much is I think, the west most suburb of Milwaukee, 30 years ago there were some nice gaps of countryside in between, I not sure that is the case anymore. I liked cooney, (that's what we used to call it). There are a number of lakes in the area it's kind of pretty.

Other towns in the area you are looking at that I am partial to include: West Bend (nice clean small town), Port Washington (it's on the lake) Elkhart Lake (very small but they have a cool race track) Those are just my personal preferences, you need to check them out for yourself.

Don't know too much about the homeschooling, Wisconsin does have one of the better school systems in the country, if for some reason the homeschool didn't work out for you. Hope this tiny bit of info helps. Good Luck.
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:42 PM
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Thank you thank you thank you rainbird! All bits of information I am so thankful to get.

Anyone else live in these areas who might have anything to share?
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:47 PM
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Default WI move

Hi Robin S
I just discovered this forum and thought I'd respond to your post....

We moved to WI about 9 years ago from Seattle area. I'm not sure about the KY area, but we were in utter sticker shock in WI for the price of homes AND the property taxes. WOW! Are they high. We just moved from Waukesha County to Jefferson County. We have homeschooled for 6 years and have found that in the Waukesha area and where we are at now, there are great homeschooling groups and there is good support of homeschoolers. That is not everywhere; but for the most part, we have been well received.
We have friends that homeschool in G-town. Good, central area but they are in the process of moving to Richfield. Again, Waukesha county is much higher than when you get out to Jefferson Cty. There are a lot of churches in the area. It really depends on what you are looking for. We've been to A LOT of them.
Would be happy to help in any way possible. You might already be here as I forgot to check when your original message was posted.
God Bless!
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:07 PM
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Default Homeschoolers going to WI

Hi Robin and all,

We are also homeschoolers who are moving to WI. I keep hearing about the high property taxes in WI, but they don't appear to be as bad as they are here in IL. We're paying $6K annually to live in a lousy school district (financial and academic watchlists) in the farflung Chicago suburbs. My sister in LA pays $7K per year property taxes and her house is worth $1 million (more than 3X what ours is worth). We're getting shafted!

Re: WI property taxes, maybe high property taxes are in the eye of the beholder.....or am I missing something?

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Old 08-25-2006, 09:01 AM
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Default Wisconsin "homeschooling"

Wisconsin has a really great public virtual academy that allows you to essentially homeschool with all of the benefits of public school--access to a licensed teacher, free curriculum and materials and computer to use at your home. You can check it out online--Wisconsin Virtual academy. You can live anywhere in the state and have your kids enrolled in it. The only unfortunate thing is Wisconsin's open enrollment laws, which require that you fill out and submit the paperwork for open enrollment during a very narrow window of time in February of each year. There are a lot of very active homeschool groups that provide support for parents and socialization for kids. I would avoid getting into too rural of an area in Wisconsin...even in Eau Claire people are pretty behind the times--if you get out into some of the smaller communities it is very clichey, and the main recreational activities are drinking, playing cards, and hunting.
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Old 09-03-2006, 01:17 AM
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I have heard that property taxes in suburban IL are high. My family lives in the city of Chicago and when we were looking at homes in suburban Milwaukee (Brookfield) they couldn't believe that the taxes were higher than their homes in the city of Chicago. I guess it's all perspective on where you are coming from. We lived in Northern IL and our taxes were low. We live in rural WI now. Our taxes are lower and we have acreage. The small town we're in isn't clickey, we do much more than play cards and hunt
WI is a good homeschooling state. There are more homeschoolers around in our rural area than when we lived closer in near the Milwaukee suburbs. There are numerous groups, activites and lessons that we can particpate in. I guess it all depends on what youa re looking for and where you are coming from...
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