As a retired Military you are most aware of beauracrats.
Why retire way up north instead of Florida or Arizona like most?
I may be retired military but my wife and I still work, and at the time of retirement, I lived in the best part of South Dakota, and still do. Back then Mom lived in Ft Myers, so we knew Florida. Wife didn’t like humidity.
It just worked out that four seasons has been right for us, and hobnobbing with displaced New Yorkers, and those who perhaps by virtue of living in two places might also take advantage of voting in two places just didn’t appeal to me at all.
Western South Dakota is a conservative area offset almost completely by the liberal eastern part of the state, and the Indian Reservations which dot the state. We like the area. So, bottom line, location location location. And mom due to health reasons has moved to Utah, closer to all of her children.