Thursday, May 28, 2015

North Iowa Is My Home And I Wish It Would Remain Home To Many Others

OK~ So this has been hanging over my head this past week. I live in North Iowa and this is home to me. I also understand that we live in a society where people move a lot. One thing that I have noticed more and more in the area that I live in, is that people move in and are very excited. Within 2-5 years, they find that North Iowa is not offering the amenities that other locations are offering. And then the announcement happens. They have found a job in another area of the country where they will not have to travel to experience the cultural experiences that we do not have here in North Iowa. They have also found a job with more pay and an opportunity to advance. What they may fail to disclose is a higher cost of living. But, in the grand scheme of things, their individual wants and needs do matter.

I will admit, I am a little partial to the Park Inn Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Mason City! The holidays are a little extra special, don't you agree?

So... my mind spins. What are some things that we need to be offering here in North Iowa? Just yesterday I took a stroll through our downtown and sadly I don't think it's much different than other Main Streets across the United States. We have a lot of bare store fronts. The other thing, there were maybe 10 people within a two block radius. To the best of my knowledge for a business to be successful, you have to have people around. How often do you venture out in your downtown area?

And my mind continued to spin. What if we could offer opportunities and experiences that people want in todays fast paced world? I wrote about this topic a few months ago, but yesterday it really hit home. We have a lot of entrepreneurs looking to find their space here in North Iowa. These empty store fronts could be filled with a place for entrepreneurs and forward thinking people to call home. Now, I'm not sure how it could all come together, but I know there is someone out there that will "get" this.

We do have a lot of things in the hopper here in North Iowa, it's just that many are not wanting to wait around to see where these things go. It is true that it takes a lot of people with a vision to make things happen. We have people willing to make some changes and move forward in our community. So... tell me, why do you live where you do? And is relocating something that you take lightly or do you put the for sale sign up and move on?

I do worry about the future of our communities here in North Iowa. We are an aging population, myself included. We do not have young children in our home, our boys are young adults now. Just a few nights ago I was dining with my parents at a local eatery and you know what? Every table in the restaurant was filled with older folks that traveled South for the Winter, just like my parents do. They are home in Iowa for the summer and spending money in our communities. And yes, I do hope to be like them in a few years! The Iowa Winters are not something I favor.

Highlights of where I live:

  • Clean water
  • Fresh Air
  • Open spaces

  • Traffic is light
  • Family lives nearby
These five things, in my opinion, make North Iowa a great place to call home. So.. what determines where you call home? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. It's also great for families. I left South FL and people are nicer here. I love living in a small town, 4H, and the family activities.

    1. People are nice in Iowa and I do think that's a good thing!

  2. I live in North Iowa because it is where my family has opportunity to work, it is a peaceful and safe place to raise a family, and there is a sense of community.

    1. Yes, we do have a sense of community that a lot of places simply do not have.

  3. It's going to be hard to adjust to traffic! The no rush hour is really nice. I hope you can foster a new meeting space for entrepreneurs. I see good things coming for this community. Especially when there are people like you who both respect the community's history and are willing to try some new things, too.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Jeni! We are going to miss you here in North Iowa.


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