I think I am going to get a job offer up in N. Minnesota. Mt Iron, MN. What is it like? It is horribly, horribly cold?
I Falls isn't called the "icebox of the nation" for nothing. lol The area is also famous for summer mosquito populations. You can generally count of the early December snow on the ground to stay until around end of March or early April. If you like winter sports like snowmobilling, ice fishing, cross country skiiing...it's the place for you. Otherwise, it's a beautiful area.Faustus said:Wind In Her Hair, mind if I ask whereabouts in northern Minnesota you guys are? I'm looking at applying for a job at the National Park up in International Falls; I'm from Maine, so I'm used to the cold, but cold enough to freeze a bubble in midair... yeah. That's cold. Heh.
What's the cost of living like up your way? I sort of looked around online to get an idea of rents and such, but I had trouble finding much.
Uh oh. Is that what it's called? Nah, I'm not totally freaked out by the temperatures, and we do snow in April/cold and gray in Maine to some extent (though I'm from the southern part, where it's usually tempered by the ocean), but like I said, freezing bubbles is cold. Just driving through southern parts of Minnesota when we visited were nice, though, and the pictures I've seen of the north really are gorgeous. I don't mind loads of snow if the job doesn't suck and the scenery's good. The people out in Minnesota were really nice and helpful when we were there, as well. It actually reminded me a bit of Maine in some ways.I Falls isn't called the "icebox of the nation" for nothing.
This is definitely true. Having done Maine winters all through childhood before moving to southern Japan after college, where the summers were really hot and humid, I'm pretty sure that I'll take cold any day, so long as I get a reasonably well-insulated house. The heat out around Vegas and other places I've been, even the dry stuff, was pretty oppressive. Of course, I've also applied for an NP job out at Carlsbad Caverns, which is pretty much the opposite of northern Minnesota! Landscape and temp-wise, I think I'd be happier in Minnesota. If they offer me the job at Int. Falls, I'm jumping on it for sure- it would mean I could possibly start homesteading in some capacity way sooner than anticipated, which would be a big plus!One thing about the cold is- you can always warm up somehow, but if you live where it is hot it is harder to cool off. Your body actually gets used to the cold.