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Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:36 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100216/ap_on_re_us/us_saving_hazelton

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HAZELTON, N.D. – A tiny North Dakota town's promise of cash and free land lured only one family from out of state. Now, Michael and Jeanette Tristani and their 12-year-old twins are trying to move from the town without a traffic light back to Miami.
Tired of crime, traffic, hurricanes and the high cost of living in Florida, the Tristanis moved four years ago to Hazelton, a dwindling town of about 240 that has attempted to attract young families to stay on the map.
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Rural communities across the Great Plains, fighting a decades-long population decline, are trying a variety of ways to attract outsiders. But the Tristanis show how the efforts can fail even at a time when many people are desperate.
"It's been quite an experience, 50-50 at best," Tristani said. "It hasn't been easy. No one really wants new people here."
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Michael Tristani came from his native Florida wearing gold necklaces and a Rolex and driving a Lexus. He proved as foreign as a flamingo in a place where pickups, farm caps and flannel shirts are de rigueur.
"People thought I was a drug dealer," he said.
Tristani said he was prepared for Hazelton's bitter winters — when wind chills can reach 50-degrees below zero and snow drifts are measured in feet — but not the small-town drama.
"People prejudge you without getting to know you," Jeanette Tristani said.

This made me laugh.

As someone who came from outside the Upper Midwest to go to North Dakota, the attitude being address is not at all surprising. I made a lot of friends there, and a lot of those friends were from the Upper Midwest and North Dakota. However, I was treated by many people, for whatever reason, as an "outsider" and viewed very suspiciously by several people. I think it all goes back to that somewhat irritating Minnesota Nice, passive-aggressive attitude.
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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:05 pm

That is the way that rural small towns are. They can be just horrendous, God forsaken places - if you aren't from there or know the area. But people from such places are generally great people, provided that you get to know them and they know you.

In 1989-1990 my parents spent about a year in a tiny town in North Dakota, and they still call and swap Christmas cards with many of the people from there. And just last summer, people from the other town in North Dakota where we lived for a while invited our family back for their church's anniversary, nearly 15 years since we moved away.
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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:20 pm

Quoting JCS17 (Thread starter):
No one really wants new people here."

Ain't that the truth.   

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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:18 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
That is the way that rural small towns are. They can be just horrendous, God forsaken places - if you aren't from there or know the area. But people from such places are generally great people, provided that you get to know them and they know you.

I couldn't agree with that statement more. I moved to the small town of Greene, Iowa about eight years ago from of all places, Las Vegas. There is literally not a stoplight in the whole county. Literally everything is closed up by 6pm, with the only exception being two gas stations. It is completely isolated from the rest of the world, and everything is still done the old way, such as a family owned grocery store, dime store, and small town pharmacy where you don't need an ID for a prescription because the pharmacist knows you by name. I had a horrendous time getting friends in middle school, as I was seen as the only outsider moving here and joining my grade at the time. Once the community knows you though, they are very friendly and you see many people waving at each other going down the road.
 
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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:38 am

First of all, I must say, it's kinda funny that NoDak's been in the news so much, for new air service and this, don'tcha know.

[quotereply=3]mily also found a cliquey community that treated them like outsiders.[/quote]
That is indeed one of the things I hate most about the state. While GFK has more cosmopolitan sensibilities (and I can't believe I just wrote that..) than most of the other towns in the state, that tendency exists in the cities as well. Quite a culture shock from Las Vegas.

We have cold weather, but it would be nicer if we could shake some of the cold shoulders due to cliques. Darn psychology   .

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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:43 am

Quoting iowaman (Reply 3):
I couldn't agree with that statement more. I moved to the small town of Greene, Iowa about eight years ago from of all places, Las Vegas. There is literally not a stoplight in the whole county. Literally everything is closed up by 6pm, with the only exception being two gas stations. It is completely isolated from the rest of the world, and everything is still done the old way, such as a family owned grocery store, dime store, and small town pharmacy where you don't need an ID for a prescription because the pharmacist knows you by name. I had a horrendous time getting friends in middle school, as I was seen as the only outsider moving here and joining my grade at the time. Once the community knows you though, they are very friendly and you see many people waving at each other going down the road.

I think some people are better cut out to live in certain areas than others. I'm living in a place where it's all locals. Everyone went to highschool together etc. I do not like that type of place, but enjoyed living in LA very much.
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RE: Florida Family Gives Up On North Dakota

Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:31 am

Quoting iowaman (Reply 3):
Once the community knows you though, they are very friendly and you see many people waving at each other going down the road.

I found that to be true also...When I moved from NJ to MSP when I worked for NW...It was a culture shock..Not the WX so much but I would say hi to someone or open a door for a woman at a store and they looked at me like I was from another planet. Imagine me from north NJ supposed to be rude and crude part of the world and I found MSP to be unfriendly at first. But when I worked with people from there and got to know them they were great. But ultimately the WX is what forced me out...lol.

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