Well, DH got the job! It's a little less than he was hoping for but we are gonna take it. He leaves to move up there on July 13th. Me and the little ones will stay until the house sells.
So, tell me about Minnesota. We will be around the Big Lake area.
I count myself as a Minnesota girl... all my kids were born there, I doctor there, and 2 of my kids go to school there.
It really is the land of 10,000 lakes. It's very green and you get hills and dips more then down in Iowa. You're close to the Twin Cities and there are TONS of cultural opportunities through there. I've loved every vacation we've taken in MN. It gets REALLY cold in the winter, and schools don't cancel until it's like -50F windchill or lower. Snow service in MN tends to be good though. People are that Midwestern friendly.
Wow, good luck with the big move, KUP on the house situation.
Minnesota IMO is wonderful during the summer and fall. Winter is fun through the end of December and then Jan-April its pretty dreary. once again this is all my opinion. I'm not familiar with Big lake itself but there are a lot of nice lakes in the twin cities area in general that are wonderful to bring the kids to. Oh and if you are a shopper then the Mall of America is awesome, I am a horrible shopaholic so its pretty bad living 15 mins away from it. The area you are moving to was very rural not long ago but has had some major development in the last several years. That should hopefully mean that buying a house there will be a good long term investment.
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Congratulations and good luck!!
January & February are by far the worst months- very cold and depressing. And for the last couple of years I have been very impressed with the response time of MNDoT getting the snow plows out (they used to really suck). The humidity in summer gets to be a bit much, but not as bad as it could be.
The state parks here are awesome, and there are a lot of them. And definitely need to take the scenic route along the north shore during the fall to see the colors.
Then there is this little thing known as "Minnesota Nice" it really does exist, most people are friendly.
There is the Minnesota Zoo, Valleyfair (like 6 flags), Como Zoo (free zoo), the childrens museum, the science museum, a bunch of art centers. The Mall of America is huge, and has the added bonus of having IKEA right next to it. Big Lake is a little outside of the metro area (where most of this stuff is) but definitely worth making the trip.
St. Cloud is close to you, and I am sure they have all sorts of stuff to do there as well (hopefully someone who has been there recently can fill us in) but it has been years since I have been out there. Oh and your close to the Albertville Mall- that is a very popular mall.
Not a Minnesota girl, but wanted to say good luck, congrats, and I hope your house sells quickly!
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I am not a MN girl, but I grew up in NC and moved to MN for one year after college. It is a great place to live. Yes, it is cold, bitter cold during the winter, but you get used to it, and it is hot during the summer, but it doesn't last that long. I 100% agree with people talking about the "MN nice people" Very kind generous people live there. Even in the twin cities.
I had the opportunity to live in Baltimore or St. Paul and I hated Baltimore, but loved St. Paul. Some days I wish I could go back, but we are pretty settle here in NC.
Good Luck with everything!
Last edited by AshnBill; 06-12-2009 at 11:36 PM.
congrats to your dh!!!
besides the winters sucking...Minnesota isn't too bad! I'm trying to remember which types of things are in Big Lake. I worked there for a bit, so if you have a question about something I can try to answer. There isn't a ton there, lots of restaurants mainly. You're about 2 miles from Monticello which has Super Target, Super WalMart, KMart, etc. And you're uber close to the Albertville Outlet Mall! You'll be about 20 minutes from St Cloud, and that has pretty much everything you need...including CRAFTS DIRECT. Do not forget this. You have to go there, and you will love it. It is a crafty person's heaven, trust me. It's about as big as...oh...ummm...Kohls. Well, not quite, but close...and it's filled to the BRIM with crafts. Every craft you can think of, they have it!
And...you'll only be about 30 minutes from me!!! Maybe we could meet up with our little boys some time (and maybe scrapbook too)!?!
Last edited by AshnBill; 06-12-2009 at 11:38 PM.
I've no advice either, but congratulations on the job!
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