I graduated in May 2007; had phone and face-t-face interviews before then for areas in MN, SD and ND, and a job offer in April of 07. I did relocate; I was expecting to, though, as I wanted to work at a magnet hospital. I work in acute care, working a 0.9 FTE, day/evenings with every 3rd weekend (previous 2 years I worked every other weekend). Have you looked at public health as an option? My advice is be flexible and get in where you can. It may not be your first choice, but then again, many nurses, especially new grads, don't stay in an initial position very long. If you can get a PT job (PCA, CNA) while you're in school, it may really help; if not, volunteer at the hospital or place you want to be at. Get involved in things in school (SNA, student/faculty committees, etc), and be open to new experiences. The market, at least on the Range and in Duluth, I've heard is very tight, and if you can get an 'in' somewhere, or have excellent references and experience where you want to be at, it may help. And if you can get your leadership / capstone hours done where you want to be, that can help...as can doing an internship between junior/senior year. Within a few years, we hope that the job market is improved! Good luck!