I lived down the highway from Grand Forks in Fargo for several years. Some things:
- Whatever you end up driving, get an engine block warmer put in and never park it overnight in the winter without it being plugged in. It gets cold - like, it will go below freezing sometime in late November/early December and stay there until March. -10, -20, -30 degrees for weeks at a time, and that is not including wind chill. If you don't plug your car in (or keep it in a garage), it *will* freeze and you will be fucked for days while it thaws. As for the type, it doesn't matter much; I drove a Ford Taurus while I was there and it was just fine, they are pro at keeping the roads clear - or keeping people off them if they aren't clear.
- There will be significant snow. The main problem with it is not massive amounts; it is that it doesn't melt. That shit piles up from November/December and then melts all at once sometime in April, which will then give you the glory of worrying about the river flooding - and finding the half-dozen or so bodies that pop up floating down the river after the thaw. That being said, there will be some pretty impressive snowfalls and blizzards, because it is North Dakota and that is what happens there.
- Grand Forks is small, there isn't much going on there, so I hope you like beer. Minneapolis is like 3 hours away; there is your nearest cultural center. The base there is nice, though, like all Air Force bases.
- The women are what you would expect - either norwegian (95% or so), or native american. I am not saying they are the hottest women on earth, but if tall, blonde, and able to kick your ass is your type, there is no shortage.
- Now its been over 10 years since I lived there, but when I was there, shit was inexpensive. I had a giant apartment for like 500 bucks a month on the edge of Fargo, and BAH was extremely generous, so living was pretty easy. When I moved back East, I was appalled at how expensive everything was compared to how shit was in the ND.
- The people are nice. Really nice. There is no crime (probably because its too fucking cold). I think in the 2 years I was there, there was one violent crime.
Look, at the end of the day it is Grand Forks. It is the middle of fricking nowhere, it is cold, and there isn't shit to do. Flat land as far as the eye can see in every direction. Despite that, I loved my time there; the people were great, the beer and smokes were cheap, and if you like a small town atmosphere, there is no better place to be. I still miss it and if my wife ever said to me, you know, I just decided that the cold doesn't bother me much, I would move back there in a heartbeat.