I wasn't actually able to go with her for the trip up to see the apartments, but she saw almost 10 of them in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, and Inver Grove Heights. I got a couple of sad texts on the first day when she fell in love with a property in that wouldn't be available until a week to possibly two weeks after her job starts up again, some scared texts when she came across a place or two that was bad but still expensive. Then the next day I got super excited texts when she toured a property that gave her deja vu - same layouts as the beloved unavailable apartment complex, same amenities, lower price - and available immediately. Turns out it was the same company who owned both and they'd essentially built the same property in two different cities. It was a little less nice, as in shiny/new, but the commute is less and there are routes that do avoid 494 and the other big highways. She received word that her application was accepted, so I'm driving up with her and all her stuff next weekend, and I can already tell how much more excited she is about the move than before when there was all this uncertainty.
Thank you for all the tips everyone!