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Tail Chaser

Possibly moving to TRF - a few questions

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Tail Chaser

I might be taking a job opportunity in TRF and have a few questions for you.

I used to live in Grafton and I remember TRF being somewhat of a rural community (as opposed to a town like Bemidji - "northwoodsy/touristy"). Is this still the case? I've also was told that TRF is on the "upswing" and is growing - is this correct as well?

Besides the river, are there many quality fishing/boating areas nearby (the closest lake I see is Mud Lake)? I believe LOW is a few hours away? How far is TRF to Bemidji and to Baudette?

Thanks for the information. A town of 9,000 is plenty big enough for me but the misses is concerned about "outdoor opportunites" (for me) and quality of life for the family.

I'm a Sioux hockey fan, so an hour drive to the Ralph would be a bonus.

Thanks!

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Lip RIPPER!

Mud Lake is a wildlife refuge so there aren't any opportunities to fish there. Bemidji is about an hour and half away and Baudette is around 2 hours. Union, Sarah, and Maple lake aren't to far to the south either.

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1tofish

Hey Chaser,

I was born and raised in TRF and moved to Grafton for about 7 years and then move back to TRF about 3 years ago. TRF is on an "upswing". It's good to see. New housing and businesses are going up and Arctic Cat and Digi-Key are both going strong. We also have the "little" Ralph here. As far as outdoor activities, there are plenty. Within a 1 1/2 hrs drive you can be at LOW, Union, Maple, Sarah, and countless lakes SE of here. The area I'm talking about SE of here is the Clearbrook area. Many lakes around that area, that I myself, am just learning about. North and East are many hunting oppurtunities. You also have Several Wildlife refuges and State Parks nearby.

Good luck at your possible new job. And, oh yea, the Gophers play the Sioux once a year at the Ralph.

Go Gophers!

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Lip RIPPER!

If you and stiffrod are on the lake this weekend give me a buzz.

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1tofish

Going up on Sunday. Does Stiffy have your cell?

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sternsitter

I used to live in TRF and still work there (I now live in East Grand Forks). Don't forget about the fantastic river fishing opportunities. You have both the Thief River and the Red Lake River right in town and the fishing in them is excellent. Unfortunately there are no boat accesses south of the dam...as far as I know. In addition to Bemidji, LOW, Erskine and Fosston area lakes, Detroit Lakes is only 90 miles to the south. TRF is an excellent location for the outdoor enthusiast. Good luck on your employment opportunity!

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