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Post#16 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:48 pm by humanrefutation

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DrugBust wrote:All that being said, I wouldn't want to live there. Just not enough to do. I value things like decent restaurants, clean bars and a variety of places to shop. I live 45 minutes away in Eau Claire and that's more my comfort zone.


I think that is most important, you need to know what you are looking for. I've lived in a very small village in Central Wisconsin, went to school in Milwaukee, and now live in a burb of Green Bay...all different with pros & cons. I miss the "Cheers" like atmosphere of the small bars whereas now feel more like a number. But in the small area everyone knows your business. And sometimes smaller towns aren't as welcoming as you are not one of them. I love where I am now b/c I have tons of restaurants, stores, etc within 5-10 minutes of home. You won't have that probably there.

THe point is you'll want to weigh the pros and cons of what you're looking for right now. If you're just out of college, looking to have a fast pace life, its probably a questionable fit. If you're looking to settle down (or stay settle down) it might be perfect.

Congrats and good luck!


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Post#17 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:49 pm by sneakerdust

[quote="humanrefutation] compel me to live in Eau Claire or a town in between Rice Lake and Eau Claire and commute every day.[/quote]

I would advise against this. 1. Your going to wish you didnt in the winter. 2. put that time and $ commuting into your job instead - it will pay off quicker with less stress 3. Youre going to be involved in the community in your position and working hard during the week - you might as well be in or just outside of town.

Be humble and work hard and your options will open up. Sat nights and vacations are good enough for the 'fun" at this point.
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Post#18 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:50 pm by ReasonablySober

I have a sister in RL right now working for the Marshfield Clinic and she comes down to Eau Claire all the time. It's a nothing drive if you don't care about the commute. You could even live closer to Chippewa Falls and cut your drive down ten minutes every day while being a short ride to Eau Claire whenever you want to come to town.
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Post#19 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:58 pm by drew881

Congrats. I'm dealing with the same situation. I'm moving from Pittsburgh, an actual city with activities, sports teams, and a social life, to take a job in New Hampshire, where the closest large cities are Boston (2.5 hrs), Montreal (3 hrs), Burlington (1.5 hrs) and Concord (1hr). It is pretty daunting, but I figure I will try to make the most of it. I am in general an outdoors person (like hiking, skiing) but have always lived in cities. I think you have to go into it with the best attitude and try to minimize downtime which will be experienced as boredom.
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Post#20 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:05 pm by humanrefutation

sneakerdust wrote:I would advise against this. 1. Your going to wish you didnt in the winter. 2. put that time and $ commuting into your job instead - it will pay off quicker with less stress 3. Youre going to be involved in the community in your position and working hard during the week - you might as well be in or just outside of town.


This is good advice, and you're absolutely right. It's for those reasons that I'm planning on living in Rice Lake to start. I'm just trying to consider all of my options.

drew881 wrote:I think you have to go into it with the best attitude and try to minimize downtime which will be experienced as boredom.


That's the way I plan to approach it. My position is going to involve a lot of travel throughout northwest Wisconsin, so that'll take some time up. Admittedly, this would be a little easier if I knew people in the area, but I hope I start building those relationships when I get there.
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Post#21 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:08 pm by smauss

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BigDee wrote:The one thing about Rice Lake, your not to far from Eau Claire or the Twin Cities. If you like the northwoods and lakes its a nice place to be.


I haven't been through Rice Lake for a few years, but I remember it as a nice place. The comment about proximity to Eau Claire & the Twin Cities is spot on too. Probably a couple of hours to downtown St Paul, and a lot less to the northern burbs

*** I lived in Minneapolis for several years in the 90's, but I'm now am back in SW Wisconsin . Of course, the differences of living in a larger city vs a small town are substantial. One of the things that you may find is that you measure your commute to work or play, by the time involved rather than the distance. I now live about 35 miles away from my regular work place - which is about a 45 minute drive through the country. When I lived in Minneapolis, my commute was less than 20 miles, but that could take anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours, with about an hour plus as the average.

For me, living and working in a small town absolutely beats the snot out of living in a city. For me, cities are great places to visit on some weekends - and that's it.... Your mileage may vary :D


I pretty much concur with treebeard here. I prefer a small town, away from a metro-area. I spent most of my childhood in Cedarburg, then moved to Houston County MN for about 4-5 years. I got VERY used to the slower pace. Moved back here to Cedarburg in 1984 or so, and to this day, I can't get used to the fast pace. Seems like everyone is in a real hurry to get nowhere and do nothing. I applaud you for seeking information, but from my perspective, what is the worst thing about taking this job? If you decide that this insn't the environment for you, then hopefully the job market will improve and you can move on with more personal and professional experience for the next adventure or you may just love it...........
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Post#22 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:10 pm by humanrefutation

smauss wrote:I pretty much concur with treebeard here. I prefer a small town, away from a metro-area. I spent most of my childhood in Cedarburg, then moved to Houston County MN for about 4-5 years. I got VERY used to the slower pace. Moved back here to Cedarburg in 1984 or so, and to this day, I can't get used to the fast pace. Seems like everyone is in a real hurry to get nowhere and do nothing. I applaud you for seeking information, but from my perspective, what is the worst thing about taking this job? If you decide that this insn't the environment for you, then hopefully the job market will improve and you can move on with more personal and professional experience for the next adventure or you may just love it...........


It's not about taking the job. I'm taking the job, haha. It's more about preparing for what to experience and planning accordingly. Maybe any advice about the town or the surrounding areas.

Oh, and if you consider Cedarburg faced paced, then our perspectives are pretty different, haha. But who knows, maybe I'll feel the same way in a couple years.
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Post#23 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:13 pm by JayMKE

Don't know much about Rice Lake but I've spent a lot of time and lived in Rhinelander which is a couple hours to east of there and pretty similar in size. Just an amazingly beautiful part of country. Having lived my entire life in the city limits of Milwaukee, I lived there for only a relatively short amount of time but I really enjoyed my time up there. It's definitely slower pace of life but that's what I was looking for, I was so burnt out from the city. There really is something to be said about not having to lock your doors or worrying about your kid going to the park by themselves, just not being one edge 24/7. While there are some great things about the city, it's all stuff I can visit on a weekend if that's what I needed. If you love the outdoors, it doesn't get any better. Definitely invest in a snowblower tho. If I ever move back to Wisconsin, I think it would be in northern Wisconsin.
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Post#24 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:37 pm by Thunder Muscle

DrugBust wrote:I have a sister in RL right now working for the Marshfield Clinic and she comes down to Eau Claire all the time. It's a nothing drive if you don't care about the commute. You could even live closer to Chippewa Falls and cut your drive down ten minutes every day while being a short ride to Eau Claire whenever you want to come to town.


Yeah, Eau Claire seems like a nice area with enough going on. My uncle and aunt just bought a place about 10-15 minutes from EC and seem to like it. They are more rural folk thought. The few times I been to EC it kind of reminded me of Appleton a little bit. It has a decent mall and enough variety in food options to keep it fresh. And you're within 1-1.5 hour of a larger city (Twin Cities and GB/Milwaukee respectively).
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Post#25 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:15 pm by humanrefutation

Thanks for your advice and opinions, everyone! It was really helpful to me. :)
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Post#26 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:23 pm by smauss

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smauss wrote:I pretty much concur with treebeard here. I prefer a small town, away from a metro-area. I spent most of my childhood in Cedarburg, then moved to Houston County MN for about 4-5 years. I got VERY used to the slower pace. Moved back here to Cedarburg in 1984 or so, and to this day, I can't get used to the fast pace. Seems like everyone is in a real hurry to get nowhere and do nothing. I applaud you for seeking information, but from my perspective, what is the worst thing about taking this job? If you decide that this insn't the environment for you, then hopefully the job market will improve and you can move on with more personal and professional experience for the next adventure or you may just love it...........


It's not about taking the job. I'm taking the job, haha. It's more about preparing for what to experience and planning accordingly. Maybe any advice about the town or the surrounding areas.

Oh, and if you consider Cedarburg faced paced, then our perspectives are pretty different, haha. But who knows, maybe I'll feel the same way in a couple years.


I'm very glad you got the job, congrats - especially in this type of job market! I've know some folks from Rice Lake, and they liked it there, and as was stated earlier, close enough to EC & TC. As far as Cedarburg and the pace, that is why I stated "metro area." While Cedarburg is still a small town size-wise, most of it's inhabitants are directly linked to Milwaukee and reflect that pace to some extent. That's very different from when I was a kid, and light-years different than when I lived in Houston County. Congrats again, must be an exciting time for you!
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Post#27 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:06 pm by HurricaneKid

I wish you the best. If you enjoy hunting and solitude its probably a great place. I personally abhor it. I have spent a ton of time in Eau Claire and I have a strong distaste for it as well. Rice Lake is 45 minutes from Eau Claire (for movies, dinners, etc) and a good 2 hours from the twin cities (arts, etc). And those figures are worthless 4 mos out of the year when cold and snow will slow the pace to a near standstill. Its not a far cry from siberia. And while a lot of people would gladly trade access to things for a slower pace and a more relaxed lifestyle its something you have to experience before you actually choose it.
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Post#28 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:14 pm by PkrsBcksGphsMqt

One thing I can say about Rice Lake is that my college roommate was from there and he was a Vikings/Twins/Gophers fan. His older brother (also from Rice Lake, obviously) was a Packers/Badgers/Twins(I think) fan. So it will probably be a good mix of MN and WI sports fans.
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Post#29 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:16 pm by humanrefutation

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humanrefutation wrote:
smauss wrote:I pretty much concur with treebeard here. I prefer a small town, away from a metro-area. I spent most of my childhood in Cedarburg, then moved to Houston County MN for about 4-5 years. I got VERY used to the slower pace. Moved back here to Cedarburg in 1984 or so, and to this day, I can't get used to the fast pace. Seems like everyone is in a real hurry to get nowhere and do nothing. I applaud you for seeking information, but from my perspective, what is the worst thing about taking this job? If you decide that this insn't the environment for you, then hopefully the job market will improve and you can move on with more personal and professional experience for the next adventure or you may just love it...........


It's not about taking the job. I'm taking the job, haha. It's more about preparing for what to experience and planning accordingly. Maybe any advice about the town or the surrounding areas.

Oh, and if you consider Cedarburg faced paced, then our perspectives are pretty different, haha. But who knows, maybe I'll feel the same way in a couple years.


I'm very glad you got the job, congrats - especially in this type of job market! I've know some folks from Rice Lake, and they liked it there, and as was stated earlier, close enough to EC & TC. As far as Cedarburg and the pace, that is why I stated "metro area." While Cedarburg is still a small town size-wise, most of it's inhabitants are directly linked to Milwaukee and reflect that pace to some extent. That's very different from when I was a kid, and light-years different than when I lived in Houston County. Congrats again, must be an exciting time for you!


Thanks a lot! It is an exciting time, but it's also a relief to some degree. :)
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Post#30 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:19 pm by humanrefutation

PkrsBcksGphsMqt wrote:One thing I can say about Rice Lake is that my college roommate was from there and he was a Vikings/Twins/Gophers fan. His older brother (also from Rice Lake, obviously) was a Packers/Badgers/Twins(I think) fan. So it will probably be a good mix of MN and WI sports fans.


Hey, as long as I'm getting my Packers/Brewers/Bucks/Badgers fix, I'm all good. 8-)
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Post#31 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:30 pm by ReasonablySober

One thing to keep in mind when moving up here is Charter doesn't offer FSN Wisconsin in the Winter, so no Bucks games. Lotta Golden Gopher hockey.
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Post#32 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:31 pm by PkrsBcksGphsMqt

DrugBust wrote:One thing to keep in mind when moving up here is Charter doesn't offer FSN Wisconsin in the Winter, so no Bucks games. Lotta Golden Gopher hockey.


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Post#33 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:33 pm by trwi7

DrugBust wrote:One thing to keep in mind when moving up here is Charter doesn't offer FSN Wisconsin in the Winter, so no Bucks games. Lotta Golden Gopher hockey.


ZOMG Bjugstad, Haula, Condon, Budish, Helgeson fap fap fap fap fap.

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Post#34 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:37 pm by PkrsBcksGphsMqt

trwi7 wrote:
DrugBust wrote:One thing to keep in mind when moving up here is Charter doesn't offer FSN Wisconsin in the Winter, so no Bucks games. Lotta Golden Gopher hockey.


ZOMG Bjugstad, Haula, Condon, Budish, Helgeson fap fap fap fap fap.

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Post#35 Re: OT: Rice Lake, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:40 pm by trwi7

I know you don't. You probably didn't even know the names of the players I listed until you saw them reading my post. :lol:
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