Fargo or Jamestown? Balancing needs with wants

By | October 5, 2005

I decided to repost my comments to a story on ThatEdeGuy’s blog. Mostly because he hit on a topic that is hot in North Dakota, but I feel has little useful things done about it in the political realm. He is advocating people moving to places like Jamestown. Now I might be repeating some of the comments below, but Fargo isn’t that bad. Been here about 2 months… and I find my fiancee and I spend most of our weekends going back to Jamestown to see the friends we made there.

Now that I am here, it becomes clear that the move was simply because I needed a job. Right then. Having just graduated from Jamestown College one starts to worry about loan payments and such. Now that I am here, I spend my free time daydreaming of ways to move back in a year. Or how I can make myself so indespensible at work to be allowed to tellecommute from Jamestown. Since working a regular day job would allow me to see all of the friends I no longer get to see.

Well anywho – comments below from ThatEdeGuy’s blog. I encourage everyone to check it out.

Hey Shane – interesting post… guess I haven’t paid attention this week. Why don’t we throw another wrench in this debate? My situation is a perfect example. (oh and for our readers… this is Jake from Supergeekblog.com and Olorinpc.com)

Moving to Fargo was a must because of jobs. There just weren’t any in Jamestown where I had been for 5 years of College. Work is going pretty well, yet there is something lacking here in the big city.

What makes small places like Jamestown great are the people you meet there and the relationships that develop. Now that I will be getting married in a year… I can more easily think of where I would like to raise my family. Quite frankly it would more likely be there than here in Fargo if the opprotunity became available.

It is an interesting issue isn’t it? One with no real answer or our politicians would have come up with something by now to keep younger people here. (Trust me I sat through a couple of very boring meetings in Bismark during my ultra-political stage.)

How does one balance a way of life in the future against the need for the recent college grad to make cash now? (Anyone figured this out leave me a msg on my site asap)

3 thoughts on “Fargo or Jamestown? Balancing needs with wants

  1. BK

    I’d like to add that Jamestown isn’t really a great place to raise a family either for a couple good reasons.
    1> Since it’s losing the younger population constantly they will never encourage or attempt to provide services/play areas for children in Jamestown since senior citizens control the vote and the city budget.

    2> Once again Jamestown cheaps out on it’s school system and barely gets a stop-gap highschool through while passing along the old building to the middleschool when it should have been torn down (Believe me it’s just as bad as our old middle school is Hastings).

    3> They have no curfew in Jamestown nor do the local police do much of anything about 13 year olds biking around at 2am in the bar district (I see this happen more than you’d think).

    4> Life in Jamestown focuses around the college students evening life and the bar life. There really is not a whole lot else to do, but I sure as heck wouldn’t want a kid raised in this environment.

    5> Of course there are basically no good jobs in Jamestown as anyone that has stuck around is highly unlikely to giveup their job until they retire/move/die since the market is so tight for jobs that pay more than $7/hr.

  2. Jake

    Those are some valid points, however I do belive there are some business opprotunitues in town.


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