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06-21-2010, 12:44 PM
Join Date: May 2010
As a transplant from Iowa...
It's really going to be dictated by where you get a job. For example, if you work in Eagan, you don't want to live in Maple Grove. If you work in St. Paul, you don't want to live in the SW suburbs. If you work in downtown Minneapolis, then the north or northwest suburbs make a lot more sense.
Twin Cities traffic can get bad and you will want to plan accordingly. There are two seasons up here when it comes to traffic. Winter and Road Construction. Each season has negative impacts on traffic.
That drive should take roughly 30 minutes. You are going from the north suburb of Champlin to the south-western suburb of (essentially) Eden Prairie. However, with all of the road construction and traffic, it can take upwards of 45 minutes to an hour sometimes. If you time it just right, though, it can take easily less than the 30 minutes, going the speed limit. That same drive, in the winter, can take upwards of two hours, especially if it is snowing.
The Metrodome is located in downtown Minneapolis on the eastern edge. Target Center and Target Field are located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis. The X is located in central downtown St. Paul. The Mall of America is dead center on the southern side, although if you live here for a while, you tend to stop going to the MOA, but there's a novelty to it when you first move up here.
Since this is a hockey board, I assume you will want to jump down to the X a bit. It's a lot easier to get there from east of the river or even south. A few friends have season tickets for both the Wild and the Twins. They live in Burnsville, and work in Bloomington. It doesn't take them very long to get to either venue.
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