Small-Town Values? Miami Family Shunned After Moving to North Dakota

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This story is almost exactly like this movie, minus the welcoming neighbors and happy ending. Actually, it sounds more like Fargo. Glad they left before they wound up in a wood chipper.
Ever thought about fleeing Miami for the simple life of the Midwest? Perhaps leaving behind the hustle and bustle, constant traffic, crime, and hurricanes and trading it all in for a no-stoplight town in North Dakota? Well, before you pack your bags, take heed of the cautionary tale of the Tristani family. 

After seeing an advertisement from the 240-person town of Hazelton, North Dakota, offering two free lots and up to $20,000 toward the construction of a house, Michael and Jeanette Tristani decided four years ago to trade in the 305 lifestyle and take their 12-year-old twins north. In fact, they were the only family to take up Hazelton's offer aimed at revitalizing the small town that once flourished as a farming community but has seen population dwindle. 

However, locals didn't take too kindly to the newcomers. Maybe it was Michael's gold chains, Rolex, and Lexus.

"People thought I was a drug dealer," Michael told the Associated Press.

Michael and Jeanette had trouble fitting in, like the new kids at school trying to find a place to eat in a particularly cliquey cafeteria. 

"People prejudge you without getting to know you," Jeanette says.

They tried opening a coffee shop in town, but a rival drove by their home one day yelling obscenities. They had to take out a restraining order. 

So now they have their house on the market and are hoping to move back to Miami. 

We know certain politicians and cultural instigators like to talk about "real America" and "small-town values," and we know they're talking about places like Hazelton and not at all about Miami. 

But we've always had a feeling that was a crock. We'd much rather live in welcoming, sunny South Florida than a judgmental small town any day. We're not saying we're angels here in Miami, but -- damn it -- we don't shun anyone down here.

Yes, you might get mistaken for a drug dealer, but around here that's considered a compliment. 

There's more than enough room to have multiple coffee shops, and the only way a rival owner is going to come by cursing your house is if you insult his café cubano

And your gold chains, Rolex, and Lexus are considered major pluses when meeting new friends. 

We might not have small-town values and offer such a simple life, but you know what, I think we're better off for it. 

We can't wait to welcome you back, Tristani family. Hazelton can give you $15,000 to buy a house, but you and whoever else wants to come here always have a home in Miami. 


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leon_foonman
leon_foonman

Well looky here, my family is all from Alabama, and we don't want none of your kind, who ever you are coming here and messing up our state.

We like who we so just don't think you all can come here with your liberal ideas or anything else that's in North Dakoda! I remember that democrat senator with the hardware store who was really just another big city liberal.

Down here in Dixie we have values, not like the rest of you people!

janet.alvarez216
janet.alvarez216

Ok I live now in Minot nd... I'm Cuban from Miami.... I can't wait to go back these people here think this land is made out of gold they think if you are Hispanic you are Mexcian there's nothing else but Mexican ! everywhere you go here all the crap they have to say about Hispanic, how poor they talk of all races that are not white... Miami might not be perfect but atleast no one there give two shits if you're white,Cuban,Mexcian,nica whatever you might be but the problem here is that there's ONLY white and they look down on any and every other race, ... Oh and one more thing stop talking shit about Miami everyone here is so bord off there mind that they get a D.U.I every weekend lol cause that's all there is to do here !!!!!! I can't wait for the oil boom to end so I can get the fuck out of here and go party with the drug dealers and the strippers !!!!!! 305 baby

Bobndmel
Bobndmel

I'm sorry but I have to disagree with this article. I have lived in Florida and N.Dakota and I currently live in Georgia waiting to move back to N.D..... Floridians are among the rudest people on the face of the planet not to mention the owner of  the worst school district and very  high crime rate.Most (not all) have this attitude like they are better then you. N.D people were very kind to us. The school district is awesome and there is a very low crime rate. I'm sorry you had a bad experience but Maybe you took a Florida attitude up there???

Rich Walkenbach
Rich Walkenbach

This article is absolute bullshit. I moved last year from Detroit, MI to Columbus, ND (town of 150) and was accepted with open arms. 

Matt Fiorelli
Matt Fiorelli

   North Dakota is another Nebraska, except for maybe a small radius w/ in Omaha near the old  market, the people are essentially unwilling to associate w/ outsiders.  I am Italian too and I kissed some A for years, ready to sell out, it sucks the economy is the way it is because their is less of a high unemployment rate here and you can more or less subsist short of exist.

citygirlfromnowon
citygirlfromnowon

City girl, moved my kids to small farming town in Eastern WA, for the same fantasy we all here of. Low crime, friendly neighbors, kind waves and smiles, just all around glorified small town living most read about as the greatest way to live. Well, not always. The town we are in is extremely unfriendly, unwelcoming and refers to us as transplants. I have lived a couple other small towns, and have never found the others to be as cold, deserted, and just strange as much as this one. Schools hire and keep abusive staff members, everyone too afraid to say anything or denial so thick that their life long family members are that awful to students...most of the adults swing in town, not a hidden adventure for the town, but it's a known reputation here. The wives are robotic and the men are controlling. If you look different? They will stare and glare...and that "different" could simply be your hair color, the style of your dress or shoes or shirt...it is the strangest and most unfriendly town EVER. Sacrificing the safety of your children at school, the bizzare rumors, the denial of it's own people claiming what a glorius town they have, is absolutely perplexing and shocking to say the very least. I did my research before moving here...but sometimes, like the family in ND...no matter how hard to try...they will not accept new people if you aren't from there or have family that was raised there. You are outcasted and not wanted. Some towns are friendly, I'm certain...but this one? Not one outsider has ever said a positive thing about this town. Talk to people and do as much research as you can before moving to a small town!

BigCityGurl
BigCityGurl

Wow ... Hate to be critical but these folks might have made the mistakes that cost them access to a great life for their family. I was born, raised and launched a successful career in downtown Toronto my whole life. 40 years later we traded Sunday Brunch with our friends for kayaking & hiking with the kids at our new home in tiny rural Atlantic Canada. Did we start out as valuable community members by driving a Lexus and wearing our previous big-city lifestyle like a badge on our arm? No! Do you wear fancy career duds, jewellery and big gold chains to a local cafe, hardware store or post office on a Saturday afternoon? Not likely! Of course people judged them at the beginning! Small town folks will accept newcomers of ANY color or race ...But they won't accept braggarts, show offs and people who flaunt the big city values they are trying so desperately to avoid. Sorry - It is up to the newcomers to make THEMSELVES a welcome addition to a small town, not the other way around. This is a one-sided story that reeks of big-city bias. Unless these folks plan on changing their attitude they should stick to looping a fancy camera around their neck and remaining "weekend" tourists in small town America. Whoever wrote this story has a great deal of bias and precious little common sense. Stay in Miami (or where ever you are) with your head stuck in the sand.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am thinking of moving to ND..taking a position in Minot. I am from Illinois originally but have lived in the south (GA and FL) for the past 10+ years. I'm tired of all the crime here, looking at everyone's underwear, hearing everyone's music (boom rap crap) in the apartment next to me. The school systems are awful...I want to get back to the values I was raised on and it sure isn't happening down here. Whether its ND or another Midwest town, I'm saying goodbye to the South. It is rich is culture and has its great places to visit and live, but its not for me. Stress free living as much as I can get is what I am looking for...down here, I have to work 3 jobs. I'll be dead before I'm 50..that's not living. Besides, I hate cockroaches...

Farmer's Daughter
Farmer's Daughter

North Dakota people can be very leery of anyone from out of state. I moved to CA at age 40 and at 62 I find that I'm getting screwed in my father's estate. A 20 something nephew/farmer is getting 40% of the farm...we live out of state, are female and don't farm. I spent a fortune on plane tickets, phone calls and the "snow birds" took refuge in our home during their all- inclusive vacations. Am I bitter? YES. ND farmers are like pitbulls when it comes to farmland. I'm stunned. My daughters won't being marrying farmers, so I'm still glad that we left. Some families there are lovely, my isn't.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I grew up in North Dakota and people are nice, honest, friendly, helpful, and accepting IF you are like them, meaning you have the same values and look similar to them. ND has a very VERY homogenous population and people have good strong values, but are very judgmental to those who have different values or ways of living. Just ask migrant workers who help farmer in ND. Just ask the Native Americans who are also North Dakotans.

stanstrif
stanstrif

i dont care what is said i live in a small town in oklahoma called purcell and i'm commited to moving to N.D. next week already have a N.D. cell# planed the trip got the family ready to move to ??.. i don't know yet just going to see where i land i guess but i'm willing to fight to support my family and every place i called offered me a job when i moved there so i'm taking my tax return and moving up there you see i use to live in "big city" ever since i was a kid but after i got out of the army i have lived in the small town and would not give it up for the world. i can leave the keys in the car sitting in the ignition over night and know that my car will be there in the morning. how many people in "big city" would honestly leave there car running going into a walmart for 20min? honestly? and the answer would be 0! and thats why they don't "fit" in they do not TRUST which is the big key in small towns. but if anyone has any ideas as to where in N.D. i should move please feel free to tell me where i can find a home for me my wife and 3 kids stanstrif at gmail is my e-mail and i'm heading up on the 7th of march

sweetlick
sweetlick

Moved to Wishek, ND (about 40 miles from Hazelton) 6 years ago from PA. Here's my experience:Since I just wanted solitude, I got a small farmstead outside town. I don't "fit in", but I never moved in order to find conformity. Yes, a person needs to find their own place in one of these small ND towns. When questions bordered on nosey, I responded that I was on a witness relocation program, and could reveal no other details of my life. This was an easy way to invite the older people to mind their own business. I don't shun anyone, but I don't see eye-to-eye with everyone either. I am in fact 1/2 German, but German German, not German from Russia, as there is so much pride here to identify. My German traditions are vastly different from theirs, so again, I'm the oddity. Add a strong French appearance to confuse them even more! HOWEVER, all this said, I have the BEST neighbors, (all over a mile away) that call when the weather is dangerous to see if we are OK. Santa stops at my home on Christmas Eve with candy before he goes to the local party for the kids. We choose not to go to the party, but the gentleman as Santa feels strongly about visiting us since all our family is in PA. When my Dad passed away last summer, I had co-workers and clients that barely know me cry and pray with me. I bought a great little farmstead on contract for deed, no bank involved, completely legal and often done out here when the banking system isn't in your favor. My house is never locked, and my keys are in my pick-up all the time. Your happiness starts INSIDE and no earthly location will provide what you don't carry already. Thanks.

bt
bt

Let's see...240 people in the town, and only a percentage of these drink coffee. Why did they open another coffee shop? In Miami it wouldn't matter, but in a tiny town like this, one can see where it would hurt the other business.

anomonys
anomonys

I am Italian in a small town in ND and from Miami Fla . I love the saftey and not watching my back . I even leave my purse credit card on front seat and no one will take it there are honest kind and people with values here they are real christians. I am missing the warm weather my family and lots more activities but this is a better quality of life with down to earth people and being able to leave my windows open and my doors I feel safe and my children get a great education with teachers who will accept low pay because they want to teach and live in a small rural community . No one hurts my Italian nationality and traditions. I love Norwegians they are so nice and clean people . as I said I am proud to be Italian and cook cuban haitian Itaian foods and I am loud some times with my culture but pretty much have fit in because I love the town and many peopel stay to them selves in Miami any how . I think they are more helpful and kind here than any where I have ever been in North America. I have been TO Chicago Indianna Illinoise Ca GA AND tENN AND THE SCHOOLS are the best!!! the people are and I grew up in Fla 39 years to move here and really enjoyed it I enjoy everything except the cold and shoveling some day I will buy a snow plow Its really nice when you can sleep late on a snowey morning and wake to find a neighbor do ing your drive way wow have I learned to bake and give pies away . I have learned so much more than I ever did in Fla and I am grateful for the peopel in ND AND THEIR KINDNESS I love you North Dakota. I hope I live long enough to experience a long life in ND. PEOPLE HERE ARE HAPPY PEOPLE AND LIVE LONG AND THEIR SKIN IS BEAUTIFUL . These peopel love family freinds neighbors and all people . I will defend North Dakotans . I am very happy here. simple life laid back lives and joyful peaceful lives . hard working lovable people are here and I am happy I am here with them .

Brett
Brett

You are right on point saying, "Michael and Jeanette had trouble fitting in, like the new kids at school trying to find a place to eat in a particularly cliquey cafeteria."Lol. A rival coffee shop that could potentially put a small town resident out of business? That would result in a boycott IMO. The people of small towns are used to their extremely simple lives. Competition and bling-bling aren't received well.

My parents come from a small town. They're sooper old fashioned.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'm sure these people had that "Miami accent" which, if thick enough, can frustrate me if I'm trying to understand someone. Not to sound prejudiced but if that's the case, and I know that accent, but their mode of expression and ways and means of conveying certain things might have struck a dissonant chord with the townspeople, it's easier to take notice of a bull in a china store that way....instead of laying low :-) and they say it's 50/50..well half a loaf is better than none...wimps..they should tough it out!!

Chris T.
Chris T.

The key factor is, the dude takes one situation and blows it out of proportion. Instead of going to the friggin police dept/ city hall (housed in some sort of construction portable double wide) I would have sat down at the local luncheonette, had a couple of coffees, and reveal in fits and starts the events that transpired...mr tristani decided that out of the frying pan and into the fire was the best methodology....he doesn't realize he would have experienced the same thing if his dog shit on the wrong person's lawn in Marathon Key, if he parked in someone else's space by accident in an apartment complex in davie....I travel frequently with my job and I have met good people and assholes, in all sorts of towns...but nothing aggravates me more than Miami's pop-cultural vacuum....

karen Smithson
karen Smithson

Having been raised in North Dakota, Anonomyous is correct! Some of the nicest, most basic valued and tolerant (mostly Scandinavian)people you'd ever meet. I think the Miami family (I live in FL, too) probably expected different!! These ND people are the salt of the earth, just the nicest people (overall) you'd ever meet. My daughters (Ivy league with a Mom from N.D.!) loved it so much; one wants to go to med school at the University there.I had to speak up for these great, kind people; you don't find them in such quantities in too many states.

Muscleman305
Muscleman305

No offense to the inhabitants of this town, but I just finished e-visiting this town on google street and its is about the size of the entire Sawgrass shopping mall, in fact I think the mall has more acre than the entire town including the airport. Why would anyone born and raised in Miami decide to this place, they could of just moved to the Redlands and been 15 minutes away from familiarity.It's like a redneck from there moving to hialeah, major culture shock/trauma.

anon
anon

Ho is a self-hating 'brown'! Poor guy, a little too touching over not properly saying 'darker skinned'...

James
James

I'm originally from North Dakota and I never knew anyone that thought Italians were "brown" LOL

Anytime you move somewhere different, whether it's North Dakota or Florida or Maine or New Mexico, your experience will depend on the degree of your assimilation.

Ho
Ho

Anon,Thanks for your help. Could please you explain to me who is more "brown": a Cuban or a full blooded Sicilian? Would the browner one get more affirmative action? How do I explain this on my college application? Do you know if Brown College a traditionally brown college for brown people? I was thinking of going there. Also, is using the word "brown" racist? Cause it sounds pretty offensive to me. If you called me "brown" I'd probably slug you.

Tom Kane
Tom Kane

Being mistaken for a drug dealer is a compliment? Really - that is something someone aspires to. Maybe this is the type of thinking that got this family shunned - I would not want to be in the same place as a drug dealer or someone who pretends to be.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kyle Munzenrieder, you sound more prejudicial than the people of Hazelton.

Anonymous
Anonymous

"We don't shun anyone down here" <--HAHAHA! Yeah right.

"You might get mistaken for a drug dealer, but around here that's considered a compliment" <-- In Miami drug dealers are held in high regards and get compliments? Okay.

"Your gold chains, Rolex, and Lexus are considered major pluses when meeting new friends" <-- Yeah, because that's what we all should be looking for in a friend, nice bling and pricey wheels. Those are the fundamentals for a strong friendship, indeed!

Miami sounds like a great place to raise children!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Also, no offense intended to Hazelton, ND. It may well be a very fine town. I've never been there so I can't say. I'm guessing from the description of the family that moved there, that they were so entrenched in Miami values and culture that they just couldn't or wouldn't fit in.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Talk about judgmental. This 'open-minded' south Florida resident is prejudging every small town in the entire midwest based on his experience in 1 dying North Dakota village of <250 people. Maybe his first clue that this wasn't going to be a great town should have been that they are having to basically pay people to come live there. He talks like there's nowhere in Miami that people would be shunned or made fun of. Can you imagine if a family wearing bib overalls and speaking with a Minnesota/ND accent moved to a ritzy Miami neighborhood?

Again, just because one small town didn't fit the description, doesn't mean the whole general concept of small town values is a crock. That would be like visiting Detroit and coming to the conclusion that all cities in general don't offer jobs and opportunity like everyone says they do just because that one didn't.

Sure, there bad small towns out there, but the good things about small towns that can't typically be found in cities still do exist, just as there are opportunities and diversity in most cities that just can't be found in most small towns. This article is just so biased it's not even funny.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a joke. I am from North Dakota and I must say -- you don't have a clue what you are talking about. I know a handful of people in Hazelton and asked them about this AP article. The family is seclusive and rude. Any time they were invited to events, they declined. When someone greeted them with a smile, they shunned them. Word spreads in small towns and you can't get away with that kind of behavior for long. They brought their big-city attitude to a small community. I'm not surprised at what happened. They brought any backlash upon themselves by not recognizing that the rural North Dakota lifestyle is different than anything you see in Miami. Their children fit in very well, but the parents were not nice people. The AP article is completely one-sided. It's a joke.

Here's what it's like living in North Dakota: People are overwhelmingly nice (despite what this stupid article says), the cost of living is low, wages are high, unemployment is very low, houses are inexpensive, crime is virtually nonexistent, life is simple, values are strong, morality actually exists, pollution is nowhere to be found, commutes are short, life expectancy is high, and people smile at one another.

I will not stoop to the level of this blog and say anything bad about living in Florida, because I don't have an opinion since I've never been there. How many of you have visited ND? I know Miami has its perks, such as (much) nicer weather, entertainment, attractions, opportunities, etc. But it also has several drawbacks, which some people do not want to be exposed to. North Dakota also has its drawbacks. It depends on the person.

But, to take this one-sided article (which is an absolute atrocity of journalism) and generalize by degrading "small town values" is ignorance at its finest. Whoever wrote this blog should be ashamed.

Iceman
Iceman

I grew up in the Tampa Bay area myself, but I now live outside of Charleston, SC in a place called Folly Beach. Great beach town with very laid back atmosphere. In some ways it reminds me of Key West.

I happened to come across this article while checking my e-mail. Why on earth would they have left South Florida for N Dakota? I know the money and free land was part of it, but still. Ever look at some of these places on google earth? You couldn't pay me to live in a place like that.

There's a dark side to small town America that they won't tell you about. Small towns can either be heaven or hell. There is no in-between. In cities you have diversity, which makes it easier since no matter what your background you will always find people who share common interests. Not so in small towns. There is a very narrowly defined view of what people should be like.

I hope these people are able to sell their home. Lord only knows how much they're going to lose selling it and then re-entering the South Florida real estate market. Best of luck to you Tristanis.

anon
anon

Ho, brown means not white, but not black. But yes, I see the photo on the link now, they are white.

Anything a redneck from N Dakota would not see as white is the point.

And true Crystal, this is one side of the story.

Crystal
Crystal

I find it interesting that all the blame is placed on the locals and the family takes no blame what so ever in the situation not working out.

Ho
Ho

"A very important part of the story was left out, is the family brown?"

Anon, what exactly does "brown" mean? They are Italian. Does that count as "brown"? Or does an Italian have to be from Argentina to be "brown." I've always wondered, so please fill me in.

anon
anon

"gold chains, Rolex and Lexus."

yeah, doesn't really fit in with the overalls crowd...

A very important part of the story was left out, is the family brown?

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

were not saying the whole state is like that just the town we lived in and you didnt live where we did so you don't have the right to say the article is wrong

Matt Fiorelli
Matt Fiorelli

   Oh I forgot he was born in a small town.  BTW eastern WA along the interstate literally between Spokane and Seattle reminded me of North Platte, NE and the environs.  Best of luck to your family, believe me I know what you are talking about. 

Matt Fiorelli
Matt Fiorelli

  So I guess we should not pay any attention to that Small Town song by John Mellencamp. LOL 

eastern Nordic guy
eastern Nordic guy

Minot is really nice, avoid any of the surrounding towns as a choice for living. Kenmare in Northern Ward county is especially backwards. The people there leave junk cars and old appliances in there front yards to rot away. the school is unfriendly and the kids are bully's to outsiders. drinking and smoking seem to be the favorite pastimes. the town campground is an ugly stinking oil man camp.

Mountain_bound
Mountain_bound

Suffice it to say, my husband and I cannot wait to move out of this state (ND).  We both grew up in rural communities, of different states. 

Never, ever in my life have I been met with such bull crap as with the people in the small area of ND where we live.  Racist doesn't begin to cover it - (I'm Swedish, my husband is German - so don't go there thank you)...we grew up working hard and helping our neighbors - no matter where they came from.

Not here - if you are deemed an "outsider" - you are definately up the proverbial estuary without the proper means of propulsion.  And I agree with the comments earlier that the questions can become quite nosey - and our inobtrusive ways of trying to keep some privacy in our lives has been met with out and out slander.  (What they don't know, they make up as they go along...)

Takes all kinds - but not for us.

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

yup its so much fun i love it here!!!! better than some country mean old town where ther's nothing to do :P

Don Copely
Don Copely

People in north dakota are like hill-billies without the hills. Stay in North Dakota that's where you belong...with the rest of the small town, small minded people! Yes, I've been to north dakota many times..I couldn't wait to leave, every visit... you have two seasons... Winter and July! ND sucks!

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

why would we lie about this? and why would we give up so much money to go to back to florida if we liked it there? Of course they are going to say were rude its there hometown!!!!! You don't live there so shut up we were so nice to the people over there my mother went into a gas station to buy some coffee and actually got money thrown at her and the lady said to go back where we came from and we even donated money to the school so if you don't know us then don't judge us!

Shawnknewton
Shawnknewton

I moved up to Grand Forks, ND last November and have found a lot of rude people up here. For instance when I use to live in Iowa if I was walking down a sidewalk and someone on a bicycle was riding by, then at least 9 times out of 10 they would warn of their approach, but here in North Dakota no warning at all from passing bicyclists. Also, I have found stores to either not be open during the hours posted on the doors or not even have store hours posted and customer service is lacking in most businesses in Grand Forks.

Eastern Nordic guy
Eastern Nordic guy

Kenmare is the worst, the people here are small minded and super unfriendly and unwelcoming to outsiders. The town is also extremely untidy with many old cars and appliances junked and lying in people yards rusting away. All of the bars are smoked filled and serve the same greasy deep fried everything. People here look down there noses at all that is healthy or wholesome.

Cbakers
Cbakers

I am from ND and I have to agree with the Miami family. I have lived here (Bottineau) for 8 years and the people here are rude to say the least!!!! All newcomers are pre-judged! 9 out of 10 people here in good ole ND think they are GOD'S GIFT.

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

we tried working it out for 4 years they kept telling us to go back where we come from and we tried treating them so nice and they just kept insulting us so please don't comment like that because you don't know the whole story

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

we are hispanic and no italians arent brown

Izzymt15
Izzymt15

no were not were hispanic and color really doesn't matter!!!

P-dog
P-dog

so True, Hazelton is like Heaven compared to Kenmare, ND, avoid this shit hole of town at all costs! I went there in June of 11, most unfriendly place ever. and the people that run the City are idiots.  Go to anyplace but here.

Patricia
Patricia

I moved from tampa to a very small town in wyoming right after 9/11 & i have been treated the same out here! I am white, not that it matters, and I have noticed that locals are more likely to give jobs to locals, rather than the "liberals" moving in to take over lol!!! I don't think I have been shunned or anything to the extent of your experiences, but I do know that the rural communites out here are not very welcoming of the "city folk" and can do things to make your life hell. You re VERY fortunate to be able to move back. I am not in a position where i can go back home :( good luck to you& your family.

Mustanggirl001
Mustanggirl001

I'm sorry, but I don't remember ever telling you to go back to where you came from and I worked at the gas station. Don't remember anyone being overly rude to your family either. If I remember correctly, you kids had friends in school...I very rarely saw your parents around. I'd like to think I'm polite, but I'm a few years older than you but I know when I saw you I, most likely, said "hi". I have these same small town values and I'm very proud of them. I tend to keep to myself and I'm a hard worker. But...hell, Hazelton sucked for some people that had lived there all their lives. No matter where you go, there will be cliques. So why'd you're family have to make it sound like Hazelton is Hell on Earth? I don't know where you guys are now, but I sincerely hope that you enjoy it there more than you did in Hazelton.

By the way. People have moved to Hazelton since this article and as far as I know. They like it there. I've seen so many new kids that I don't know who they belong too. But it seems like they have friends and are doing well for themselves. Wish you could've had that experience.

Prairieson2011
Prairieson2011

so true, Kenmare is one of the worst, the only good thing they seem to have going is the nice people at the Baptist Church. we pulled our kids out of the high school becasue they are obsessed with sports and the super there will make sure you are an outsider if your kids don't play any sports.  The kids who play football get a free ride and straight A's even when they are dumber than shit.

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