Well at risk of being flamed-please dont do that because I dont mean this in a bad way!! I am going to make a few requests of those moving to the country. Things to think about really. The other day I read a post on here that was bragging up South Dakota. And my inital thought was "oh please dont do that". And let me tell you why- *I love South Dakota and dont intend to move from this area unless God has a diffrent plan for me. So understand that I think it is a wonderful place to live. *Because I have lived here most of my life (only moving to the pacific NW for a year or so as an adult) I know what it is like to have town people move out to the country. And here is my point- Living on a farm my whole life in basically the same area I have seen alot of people come and go to this area. We live near a fair sized city with lots and I do mean LOTS of people moving out here to live the country life. This has been a horrible thing in our area. If you intend to move to the country then expect to live like country folks. Dont complain about the smell of manure. Even if it is coming from a hog confinement that you dont agree with. I have a hog confinement just down the road from me that I smell all the time. But guess what... it is owned by a family trying to make a living just like me. They have farmed this land longer than I have been alive and it would be crazy to ask them to change. So of coarse I wouldnt, but others who have moved here expect them to change. That is just insane. Know the area you are moving to before you move there. Are there smells, is it leagal in your are for hog and cattle lots? Because if it is legal dont be surprised if they pop up and dont complain when they do. Roads- be considerate of the roads. When it has rained dont go plowing down the roads like it is dry. Not only do my taxes have to fix the mess you creat but so do everyone elses taxes. And most importantly, if you move to the country dont expect that you should have your road improved in anyway . I mean it, not in ANY way, you knew the condition when you moved there. Expecting it to be changed will change eveyones taxes so dont complain when they go up. We have a group of town people who built million dollar homes less than a mile from me. Now they want the road paved because it is too hard on their sports car. I wish I was kidding or even exagerating but not so. The home owners with the gated driveways are raising quite a fuss and they will not be the only ones paying for that new road regardless of their share of the taxes, I will have to pay too.