NBCNEWS.COM - Frustrated with Minneapolis' tight job market, Pam Perleberg sold her house and moved next door to North Dakota, where the wind-chill factor might be higher but unemployment is just 3 percent.
Perleberg liked the idea of a smaller city with less traffic and the opportunity to live closer to her family, though she didn't expect to land in Fargo on the eve of a January blizzard. North Dakota welcomed her with below-zero temperatures and fierce blasts of 30 mph winds.
"It was awful," says the 42-year-old university fundraiser. "My mom and I joke that we were like the 'Cannonball Run' on I-94. I was driving the U-Haul, and she was trying to keep up with me in my car."
Still, Perleberg has no regrets about packing up for the prairie, where employment is so plentiful that the state government website greets visitors with this enticement: "Find a Job in North Dakota. More than 20,000 job openings statewide." click here to read more