BIG MOVE: ISU Helps Lure Family To Iowa

A family from the state of Washington ended up sending more than just their son to Iowa.

Erich Hodges came to Iowa State University to study to be a veterinarian so he can work with horses.

What he didn’t know is that he would love Iowa so much he would not want to return to Washington State, where he grew up.

“All these people here are so welcoming and inviting, and they’re like…maybe we should move here if he’s not willing to leave,” says ISU student Erich Hodges.

His parents also liked visiting Iowa so much they bought a farm near Ogden and moved to Iowa to be near Erich. The family has fixed up an old barn and school house.

Erich’s mom Margot still travels to her work as a flight attendant in Atlanta, but loves to come home to their farm.

“It’s so peaceful and calming to come home. No rat race, no hustle and bustle. You can remove yourself and enjoy life,” says Margot Hodges-Tinner.

Erich is a graduate student at ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and plans to be a veterinarian in Iowa when he graduates.