John F Dean wrote:The first thing I did after I bought my property in MN was to have a well put in. It was the correct decision for me.
We inherited our well in northern Minnesota and have never regretted it. Water is so critical.... In a pinch for the animals, we can chop a hole in the ice of the nearby river and haul some up, but as we are aging, that is a less desirable option. Trying to keep above ground tanks from freezing in winter would be extremely difficult I wager. As an alternative, I did hear once of a person sinking a milk-truck tank into the ground far enough that his 'water stash' did not freeze.
Just adding to the chorus that recommends some sort of larger shed/pole building as a first build. You can park tents, camper trailers, etc. inside to keep yourself away from the elements temporarily and store so much more in there to keep things dry. And in the spirit of "buffers", during cold periods, the dead air 'buffer' in the building reduces exposure to rain/snow and extreme wind and cold. Good luck!