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    Living in Carroll

    My girlfriend (soon to be fiance) and I are planning on moving to Carroll sometime soon. We currently live in Waterloo, but would like to move closer to her family in western Iowa. Just wondering if anyone could give me any ideas for places to work there, or for anyone that lives there, what the town and people are like. Thank you.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    It's a community of about 10,000 people. Very nice, clean town, 2 high schools, progressive hospital, and fairly prosperous. Carroll has a very low unemployment percentage, but I think it's a little slow this time of year. Do you have any special training or talents? Again, very nice community!



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyville55 View Post
    My girlfriend (soon to be fiance) and I are planning on moving to Carroll sometime soon. We currently live in Waterloo, but would like to move closer to her family in western Iowa. Just wondering if anyone could give me any ideas for places to work there, or for anyone that lives there, what the town and people are like. Thank you.
    Don't go any further west. Denison is not good.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    I graduated from a community college with a AA in Civil Engineering Technology, but have been looking for a career change. We have been through Carroll a few times, and have been pretty impressed by it.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Great town and a great county! Fair amount of hawk fans, but nice ISU Cyclone club group. From your education, I suggest you look for IDOT jobs in Ames and live somewhere in between.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Carroll is a great regional town, but IIRC, the taxes in Carroll are through the roof. Look at the surrounding towns like Breda, Auburn, etc to live in. Yeah, they are small towns, but housing and taxes are much cheaper than Carroll and you're at most a 10-15 minute drive to Carroll.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Carrol is a black hole, good luck surviving there



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    It's a decent town. I was always told Pella Windows in an awesome place to work. They gave me an offer but I didn't want to engineer windows.

    While you are in town look up Lois Feldman.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    2 awesome things bout Carroll:

    1. Lois Feldman

    2. Those two bandits who broke into a house and disguised themselves by putting magic marker on their face!



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    Re: Living in Carroll

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    Carrol is a black hole, good luck surviving there
    Ahhh.... Are you referring Ossy's on the east side of Carroll. Templeton is about 15 miles south of Carroll so the Rye is close. All the surrounding communities are Catholic so a lot of summer "picnics". Let the beer flow!!! Nice community as a whole!! Two 3A schools with Carroll Kuemper and Carroll High (new school in the last 5 years).



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    The GF might be able to score a job at Ossy's and you could try becoming a runner for the real Templeton Rye.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    Carroll is a great regional town, but IIRC, the taxes in Carroll are through the roof. Look at the surrounding towns like Breda, Auburn, etc to live in. Yeah, they are small towns, but housing and taxes are much cheaper than Carroll and you're at most a 10-15 minute drive to Carroll.
    I grew up not far from Auburn and last time I was home drove through with my dad on the way to Carroll. When I grew up Auburn was just another small run down looking town in the area. In this last trip through they was all kinds of improvements going on and it's looking like it's going to be very nice. Still small, but if you ask me small is good. Roy Reiman (Reiman Publishing/Reiman Gardens) is from Auburn and according to my dad funding the project.



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Carroll is a very nice family friendly community. As one other suggested, Templeton is just 15 minutes to the south and the home of Templeton Rye. In addition, if you're looking to build a home, you can get a good sized lot for under $10K!

    Templeton Iowa



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    Grew up just south of Carroll near Manning, Mom graduated from Carroll Kuemper, Grandparents lived right across from the Country Club on the east side of town for almost 20 years and I worked at Pella Windows for a summer. From all of that, Carroll is probably one of the nicer towns in the area. Good schools, hospital, movie theater, shopping, restaurants, homes. Taxes though are the highest in the area, so if you can handle the "small" town feel; live just 10-15 minutes outside of Carroll in Arcadia, Breda, Auburn, Manning, Halbur, Dedham, etc... If I were you though, I would live in Carroll b/c the other small towns I just mentioned are the black holes where the average age is around 60. Good luck!



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    Re: Living in Carroll

    It has a very strong Catholic school, Carroll Kuemper, which is part of the Hawkeye Ten conference that includes schools like Harlan, Atlantic, Shenandoah, CB Lewis Central, Glenwood, Red Oak, Creston, Clarinda, Denison.

    Carroll HS though is often very good in football and basketball (like even top 1 or 2 in the state, see rankings over the last year). I didn't live near there, but we played Carroll HS one year in football. This was a long time ago, but they were ranked 2nd in the state then.


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