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Minot, North Dakota
—  City  —
Downtown Minot
Nickname(s): The Magic City
Location in North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°13′59″N 101°17′32″W / 48.23306°N 101.29222°W / 48.23306; -101.29222Coordinates: 48°13′59″N 101°17′32″W / 48.23306°N 101.29222°W / 48.23306; -101.29222
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ward
Founded 1886
Incorporated June 28, 1887
 - Mayor Curt Zimbelman
 - Total 14.6 sq mi (37.7 km2)
 - Land 14.6 sq mi (37.6 km2)
 - Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,621 ft (494 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 36,547
 - Density 2,513.1/sq mi (970.4/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-53380[1]
GNIS feature ID 1030249[2]
Website http://www.minotnd.org

Minot (pronounced /ˈmaɪnɒt/ ( listen), MYE-not) is a city located in north central North Dakota in the United States. With a population of 36,567 at the 2000 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state. The city is the county seat of Ward County[3] and is a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as the "Magic City".

Minot is the principal city of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers McHenry, Renville, and Ward counties[4] and had a combined population of 67,392 at the 2000 census.[1]



Minot came into existence in 1886, when James J. Hill's Great Northern Railway ended its push through the state for the winter, after having difficulty constructing a trestle across Gassman Coulee. A tent town sprung up over night, as if by "magic", thus the city came to be known as the Magic City, and in the next five months, the population increased to over 5,000 residents, further adding to the nickname's validity.

The town site was chosen by the railroad to be placed on the land of then-homesteader Erik Ramstad. Ramstad was convinced to relinquish his claim, and became one of the city leaders.

The town was named after Henry D. Minot, a railroad investor, an ornithologist and friend of Hill. The city was incorporated on June 28, 1887.

The Old Soo Depot Transportation Museum is housed in the historic Soo Line depot (built 1912) in downtown Minot.

The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) later built a line from Valley City up to Canada. While initially their plan was to cross the Souris River at Burlington, local interests and arguments convinced them otherwise; landholders along the new route donated the right-of-way. They reached Minot in 1893.

During Prohibition the city was nicknamed "Little Chicago", as it was a central hub of Al Capone's liquor smuggling operations. Smugglers used a network of underground tunnels (some of which were previously built for heating or deliveries) to transport and conceal the illicit cargo entering from Canada. Some of the tunnels can still be accessed.

The 1950s saw a large influx of federal funding into the region, with the construction of Minot Air Force Base (1956-57) thirteen miles (20 km) north of the city, and Garrison Dam (1947-53) on the Missouri River, about fifty miles (80 km) south of Minot.

In 1969, a severe flood on the Souris River devastated the city. Afterward, the Army Corps of Engineers straightened the path of the river through the city and built several flood control structures.

On January 18, 2002, a severe train derailment west of the city sent a gigantic cloud of anhydrous ammonia toward Minot, and Burlington. One man died and many of Minot's citizens were sickened and severely injured by the noxious gas causing one of the major chemical accidents of the country.[5]. In early 2006, court cases were heard in Minneapolis, Minnesota against Canadian Pacific Railway, the owner of the derailed train. Several cases have been settled and many others are pending. The anhydrous ammonia spill was the largest such spill in U.S. history. This incident was addressed by Eric Klinenberg in his book Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media as an example of the failure of mass-Media, specifically local radio stations, to disseminate information to the public in an emergency situation[6].



Minot is located on the Drift Prairie of north central North Dakota. Minot is at 48°13′59″N 101°17′32″W / 48.23306°N 101.29222°W / 48.23306; -101.29222 [7], about 170 km (100 mi) north of Bismarck. The Souris River, or Mouse River, runs through the city west to east.

Important cities in the region for which Minot is the trading center include Burlington, Velva, Garrison, Stanley, Bottineau, Rugby, and New Town.

Minot It is almost entirely land; the Souris River, its oxbow lakes, and a few creeks take up just 0.14% of the city's total landmass.

The elevation of the river at the city center is 1556 feet (474 m) above sea level. The valley sits some 160 feet (50 m) below the surrounding plains; the elevation at the Minot International Airport on "North Hill" is 1716 feet (523 m).

Grid and address system

The city is laid out on a grid-based street system. Streets run north-south and avenues run east-west. Streets are numbered by their block distance east or west of Main Street. Similarly, Avenues are numbered north and south of Central Avenue. There are four city quadrants (NW, SW, SE, NE) to describe the exact location of any given address. Main Street addresses are simply designated North and South. Central Avenue addresses are simply designated East and West.

Major streets



  • 21st Avenue North
  • University Avenue
  • 4th, 3rd, 5th, Railway Avenue
  • The Quentin N. Burdick Expressway (Bus. US 2/52)
  • 11th Avenue South
  • 20th Avenue South
  • 31st Avenue South

Major divisions

The Souris River divides the city approximately in half, north and south. The valley rises to the plains both north and south of the river. Minot does not have particular names for these general topographic divisions of the city. The Valley is simply the Valley (or not called anything at all). The northern rise and the plateau north of it are referred to as North Hill and the southern rise and plateau south of it are referred to as South Hill.


Minot experiences four distinct seasons, including warm summers and very cold winters. Temperatures below 0 °F (-18 °C) are common in the winter, while temperatures can reach 105 °F (41 °C) in the summer.[8]

Monthly average high temperatures
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
°F 18.2 25.2 36.6 53.7 67.2 75.6 81.2 80.6 68.4 55.2 35.0 23.0
°C -7.7 -3.8 2.6 12.1 19.6 24.2 27.3 27.0 20.2 12.9 1.7 -5
Monthly average precipitation
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
inches .65 .53 1.05 1.55 2.31 3.15 2.70 1.95 1.74 1.32 .86 .63
mm 16.5 13.5 26.7 39.4 58.7 80.0 68.6 59.5 44.2 33.5 21.8 16.0


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 575
1900 1,277 122.1%
1910 6,188 384.6%
1920 10,476 69.3%
1930 16,099 53.7%
1940 16,577 3.0%
1950 22,032 32.9%
1960 30,604 38.9%
1970 32,290 5.5%
1980 32,843 1.7%
1990 34,544 5.2%
2000 36,567 5.9%
Est. 2008 35,419 −3.1%


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 36,567 people, 15,520 households, and 9,265 families residing in the city. The population density was 970.4/km² (2,513.1/mi²). There were 16,475 housing units at an average density of 437.2/km² (1,132.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% White, 1.34% African American, 2.76% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German (40.8%), Norwegian (32.3%), Irish (8.7%), English (5.4%), Swedish (4.2%), French (3.2%).

There were 15,520 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 13.3% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,218, and the median income for a family was $42,804. Males had a median income of $30,283 versus $20,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,011. About 8.8% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government

The mayor of Minot is Curt Zimbelman, a banker. As mayor he chairs the 14-member City Council, but only casts a vote to break a tie. The day-to-day affairs of the city are handled by the City Manager, currently David Waind.

Minot uses the Council-manager system of government. Fourteen councilmen are elected from 7 city wards to four-year terms. Elections are arranged such that one councilman from each ward is elected in every even-numbered year. The mayor of Minot is elected to a four-year term as well; the last mayoral election was in 2006. All city offices are nonpartisan.

City elections are held in June in North Dakota, along with the state primary election.

While the city's leadership has been trending towards the conservative, Minot's liberal factions have been active in recent years and have had somewhat more success than in other areas of the state.


Minot's civic realm includes a number of debates over taxes, fiscal management, and economic development policy.

Major issues include:

Economic development

In recent years, economic development has become a significant issue in the city of Minot. The city created the publicly-financed MAGIC Fund in 1992 to provide financial incentives for businesses, but a series of debacles made the operations of the fund a significant issue in the 2002 city elections.

Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS)

The Northwest Area Water Supply is slightly less controversial among residents of Minot and area, however, it has attracted the ire of the Canadian government because the plan calls for water to be pumped from Lake Sakakawea, then to Minot for treatment, and then on to large stretches of Northwest North Dakota.

Minot voters decided in 1998 to levy a 1% sales tax to go towards the construction of NAWS; this tax fund was found in court to have been illegally diverted towards economic development purposes. A lawsuit was filed against the city and it was ordered to return the misappropriated funds to the NAWS fund. By that time, the money had already been spent, and the city instead voted to issue a special assessment on city water bills to raise the funds.

NAWS may be a moot point as water levels in Lake Sakakawea continue to fall; it is possible that not enough water will be available for use when the project is complete.


Minot's economy thrives on the Air Force Base located 13 miles (21 km) north of town making the city's economy more robust than other cities of its size due to its large service area; however, it is beset by significant problems with enterprise capital and wage standards. About 30% of Minot residents work two or more jobs, and two-thirds of households earn less than the national median household income.

ING/ReliaStar established a service center in Minot in December 1998.

"ING chose Minot for our expansion because our service center employees have demonstrated that they can provide unsurpassed customer service. I think this decision speaks volumes about Minot and the caliber of people who live and work here," Tom McInerney, CEO, ING U.S. Financial Services.[10]

A Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index listed Minot as the most affordable area in North Dakota for homebuyers.[2]


The Minot Public Schools system operates ten elementary schools (K-5) within the city: Bel Air, Edison, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Longfellow, McKinley, Roosevelt, Perkett, Sunnyside, and Washington. Jefferson Elementary was closed in 2003. The old Washington Elementary building was closed at the end of 2007 and the students moved to a new building which was renovated from an old health care center. There are also two elementary schools (K-6) on the Minot Air Force Base: Dakota and North Plains.

There are three middle schools in the system: the two in Minot are grades 6-8: Jim Hill in the south and Erik Ramstad in the north. Memorial Middle School (grades 7-8) on Minot AFB, is named for fallen veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The school was built in the mid 1960s on the northern perimeter of the base. All three middle schools were formerly called "junior high" schools.

The city has one public high school, Minot High School, divided between two campuses. A few blocks east of downtown Minot is Central Campus (grades 9-10), which occupies the original high school building. On the southwest side of the city is the newer Magic City Campus (grades 11-12), constructed in 1973 just west of Jim Hill Middle School. MPS also operates an adult learning center and Souris River Campus, an alternative high school. [3]

Private schools in Minot include the Minot Catholic Schools system which operates two elementary schools, St. Leo's and Little Flower, and Bishop Ryan High School, a combined middle school and high school (grades 6-12). There is also a Protestant K-12 school, Our Redeemer's Christian School [4].

Minot is also home to Minot State University, the third largest university in the state. MSU's campus is at the base of North Hill, just west of Broadway. Originally a two-year teacher's college when opened in 1913, Minot State became a university in 1987.

Preschool and Daycare

Most of the larger daycare centers and pre-schools in the Minot area work in collaboration with local church groups. There are also programs such as Head Start and preschool programs through Minot Public Schools. The in-home daycare providers are state registered/licensed.


The "stave church" in Minot's Scandinavian Heritage Park

Minot's Midwestern setting and attitudes sometimes hides its sizable and sometimes flamboyant arts community. Minot has an art museum, a symphony orchestra, an opera company, a city band, several dance and theatre troops, a youth/punk concert organization, the AMP, and much more; over 40 organizations claim membership in the Minot Area Council on the Arts, and even more exist.

Nearly 40% of the city's residents are of Scandinavian ancestry, and every October since 1977, Minot has been the host to the Norsk Høstfest, North America's largest Scandinavian-American festival. Scandinavian Heritage Park is located in Minot. Scandinavian Heritage Park features remembrances and replicas from each of the Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.


The Minot Park District operates 17 parks with various facilities; Corbett Field, home to American Legion, high school and college baseball; Optimist soccer complex; MAYSA ice arena; the Sertoma Complex which has 8 softball fields; Souris Valley Golf Course, and an indoor tennis complex.

The city's largest parks are Roosevelt Park and Oak Park. Roosevelt Park Zoo is one of the top zoos in the region. Dogs are not allowed in any of the city parks. A "bark park" for dogs opened in the summer of 2005.

The North Dakota State Fair is held annually in Minot. Nearly all recreation areas however are closed during the long winter.

Apple Grove Grove Golf Course, and Souris Valley Golf Course are located in Minot. The Minot Country Club is located near Burlington.


Sister cities

Minot maintains a sister city relationship with the Norwegian city of Skien.

Minot is also a sister city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, about 300 miles (480 km) to the northwest. The cities share many qualities, including their size, mutual location on river valleys, historical origins, and air force bases.


Minot has several media outlets. Only two television stations regularly broadcast local news reports. The stations republish network and wire reports as well as maintain a strong local focus.


Minot has six television stations, most of which have ATSC (digital) transmitters:


Minot has fifteen radio stations (12 FM, 3 AM). Bottineau-based Programmer's Broadcasting owns KTZU and KWGO, along with KBTO of Bottineau.

North Dakota Public Radio operates KMPR FM 88.9, a local community broadcaster based in Burlington operates a low-power FM station, and the remainder are nonprofit Christian stations, of which only KHRT is based locally.

Clear Channel owns and operates KCJB 910 (Country & Talk), KRRZ 1390 (Oldies/Talk), KYYX 97.1 (Country), KIZZ 93.7 (Top 40), KMXA-FM 99.9 (Hot AC), and KZPR 105.3 (Rock) all in Minot.

In May 2007, it was announced that Clear Channel sold the Minot group to Dean Goodman's GoodRadio, LLC. It was confirmed on May 16, 2007 by filings made public with the FCC. Then in the next couple of months, GoodRadio's plans fell through when it's financing group, American Securities Capital Partners, objected to the deal's $452 million costs.

AM band

FM band

Other stations

Additionally, the following stations are not based in Minot but generally have a clear signal into town:

Cable television

Midcontinent Communications provides cable service to the city of Minot and Minot Air Force Base. Souris River Telecommunications provides cable service to other nearby communities.

Midcontinent offers a Bismarck-originating The CW cable station, KWMK, on channel 14, as well as KMSU (a cable station operated by the Minot State University broadcasting department) on channel 19.


The principal local newspaper is the Minot Daily News (originally the Burlington Reporter), which publishes seven days a week. The Minot State University student newspaper The Red & Green is published once a week (Thursdays) during the regular school year, but not during the summer months. Morgan Printing produces the Lunch Letter three days a week on a double-sided leaflet. There are also two weekly classified-ad publications, the Trading Post, printed by the Daily News, and The Finder, printed by the Bismarck Tribune. The Bismarck Tribune is available at several outlets in the city, as is The Forum, to a lesser extent.

Local news

KXMC-TV, KMOT-TV, and the Minot Daily News report on local news daily. KCJB-AM, KHRT-AM, and Prairie Public have some local news content, but no active journalists.



The railroads that built Minot remain, though Great Northern is now part of the BNSF Railway and the Soo Line is run by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Passenger rail transportation is provided daily on Amtrak's Empire Builder line which stops at the Minot Amtrak station. Trains make a 20-minute refueling and crew change stop in Minot; Westbound trains arrive about 9:00 am local time. Eastbound trains arrive about 9:00pm.


Three U.S. highways run through the city: US-2, US-52, and US-83.

US-2 runs east-west and is a four-lane highway from Minot east to Grand Forks and largely two lanes from Minot west to Williston. In February 2004 it was announced that Highway 2 would be expanded to four lanes between Minot and Williston by 2008.

US-83 runs north-south through central Minot as Broadway. It is a four-lane highway from Minot south to Bismarck and north to Minot Air Force Base. Just north of the main gate at the base, the road reduces to two lanes and crosses the Canadian border at Westhope, ND, where it becomes Manitoba Highway 83.

US-52 runs southeast-northwest. Southeast from Minot, it follows a slightly circuitous route to Jamestown, where it meets up with Interstate 94. Highway 52 merges with I-94 after Jamestown, going due east to Fargo. Northwest from Minot, US-52 crosses the Canadian border at Portal, ND/North Portal, SK, where it becomes Saskatchewan Highway 39.

Minot has a bypass for these routes around the south and west sides of the city.


Minot International Airport is served by Northwest Airlines (now operated by Delta Airlines) three times daily, four times daily in peak periods. Until the early 1990s, it was also served by Denver-based Frontier Airlines and its successor, Continental Airlines, then, briefly, by the new iteration of Frontier in 1994. Airport officials are constantly looking for additional service, both from Northwest and other airlines, but such efforts have proved fruitless so far. There are three daily flights from Minot to Minneapolis at 6:00am, 11:00am and 4:30pm.

Within the city

Automobiles dominate intracity and local area transport. There is limited fixed-route city transit service (Minot City Transit) on weekdays, and flexible-route rural transit service (Souris Basin Transportation) on an occasional basis. Local transit services for the elderly and disabled (Minot Commission on Aging Transit) meet federal guidelines but have 24-hour advance notice requirements.

Pedestrianism in the city is inhibited by several factors; the sidewalk network is poor in many areas of the city, though improving. Automobile drivers take the right of way at all but the best-marked crosswalks, and major points are often separated by relatively large distances and hill slopes. Skateboarding is illegal in streets and on sidewalks (though there is a skating area in Roosevelt Park), and rollerblading is generally disallowed by downtown landowners.

Sites of interest

Scandinavian Heritage Park

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Micropolitan statistical areas and components, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-27.
  5. ^ CBC News, Minot train derailment kills one, injures dozens
  6. ^ Klinenberg, Eric. Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media. Holt: New York, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ National Climatic Data Center, Monthly Station Normals (1971–2000) for North Dakota, [1]. Retrieved 20 November 2006.
  9. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 179.
  10. ^ www.minotusa.com

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Minot [1] is a city in Ward County, in north central North Dakota with about 37 000 people. Known as the Magic City, it's a significant rail hub (for freight, anyway). However, its location deep within North America and off the Interstate System generally means you don't see Minot if you don't plan on it.

A view of Minot, looking South
A view of Minot, looking South


The Souris River goes through the middle of town, carving a valley in the middle of flat prairie. The town arose in 1880s as a stop along the Great Northern railway. During Prohibition the city became a nexus for alcohol smuggling. After World War II the city settled down into quiet suburbanation. There's a US Air Force base north of town. You can drive to Canada in just over an hour.

Minot is a rather unusual city, though possessing levels of services similar to much larger cities, it struggles between small-town and cosmopolitan attitudes. Civic growth is not greatly helped by the climate. T-shirts available at the airport have this motto: "Why not Minot? Freezin's the reason!" However, it should be noted that while North Dakota is typically associated with a cold climate, the weather actually has its extremes, and Minot reaches temperatures of 90s (sometimes even 100s) in the summer months.

  • Minot Convention & Visitors Bureau 1020 South Broadway (Located in the Scandinavian Heritage Visitors Center) [2]
  • Minot Air Force Base "Only the Best Come North" [3]
  • Minot Area Development Corporation [4]

Get in

By plane

Minot International Airport (IATA: MOT) (ICAO: KMOT), [5] is served by Northwest Airlines with three flights per day (four during the holiday season) to Northwest's chief air terminal at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Schedule

By car

Minot's location towards the center of the continent places it well off the beaten path for travellers. Most commonly, visitors are passing by. Often they are taking the scenic route west through Montana (or coming from that direction). Also, many Canadian tour buses bound for points east (Minneapolis, Chicago, etc) will cross into the US through Portal, and stop in Minot for fuel and a quick bite.

The major routes through the city are US 2 (east-west), US 83 (north-south), and US 52 (northwest-southeast). US 2 intersects with Interstate 29 in Grand Forks, US 83 intersects with Interstate 94 in Bismarck, and US 52 intersects with Interstate 94 in Jamestown. Sucessors to 83 and 52 also intersect with the Trans-Canada Highway.

  • Amtrak, 400 1st Ave SW, phone 852-0358.

Minot is a stop on Amtrak's Empire Builder line, which goes between Chicago and Seattle/Portland. Minot is one of three layovers between the Twin Cities and Spokane, as it is a refueling stop. There is one train in each direction every day: Westbound trains pass through about 9am; Eastbound trains pass through about 9pm.

Freight rail service to Minot is provided by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific Railways.

  • Minot Bus Depot, 300 18th Ave SW, phone 852-2477

A local company provides road transportation to and from Grand Forks ($48) and Bismarck ($27) every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays, and also to New Town ($13) on weekdays.

Primary interstate carrier Greyhound Lines serves none of these cities; though from Grand Forks, Jefferson Lines connects to Greyhound in Winnipeg and Fargo. From Bismarck, Rimrock Stages connects to Greyhound in Fargo and Billings.

Get around

Unless you've brought a bicycle and happen to be in good shape, you aren't getting anywhere in Minot without a car. Some public transit is available at certain times, but for visitors it's more trouble than it's worth.

Car rental

Avis (838-7665), Hertz (852-0104), and National (852-5115) located at the airport. There is a Rent-a-Wreck (838-0098) at a Sinclair gas station three (hilly) blocks south of the Amtrak station. There is an Enterprise location (838-3800) on the south end of town. Enterprise and Rent-a-Wreck will pick you up; Avis, Hertz, and National are oriented primarily towards airline travelers.


Taxi service is also available. Taxi 9000 (852-9000) is the biggest service and usually has cabs waiting at the airport and train station after arrivals. Also: Minot Cab (852-8000) and Magic City Taxi (837-9999). All services available 24 hours.

Winter view of Minot looking southward.
Winter view of Minot looking southward.
  • Minot Railroad Museum, 19 1st Street NE, 701-852-7091. The museum, has provided its guests with a glimpse at the fascinating history of the westward railroad expansion since its opening in 1986.
  • Riverwalk of Minot, A 2.5 mile walking and biking trail along the Souris River, which is accessible from a number of Minot attractions including the Railroad Museum and Roosevelt Park.
  • Roosevelt Park and Zoo, 1219 Burdick Expressway East, 701-857-4166, [6]. May: 10AM-6PM; June-August: 10AM-8PM; September: 10AM-6PM; October: Weekdays 10AM-5PM (Weather Permitting). Roosevelt Park is the city's largest park. Features include a zoo, a swimming pool, and a 2/5ths scale railroad you can take a ride on around the park, in addition to gardens, walking paths, picnic shelters, tennis courts, and a band shell. Be sure to check out the sundial near the train station and the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in the southwest part of the park.
  • Scandinavian Heritage Center, 1020 S. Broadway, 701-852-9161, [7]. A 14 acre park highlighting the Scandanvian roots of the region. Feature of the park include a 230-year-old house from Norway and a stave church.
  • The North Dakota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, 2005 Burdick Expressway East, [8]. The North Dakota State Fair is one of the biggest entertainment events of the year, bringing big name concerts, carnival rides, and fairway fare. The fair runs 9 days, from the second-to-last Friday in July to the last Saturday in July.
  • Norsk Høstfest, State Fairgrounds, 2005 Burdick Expressy East, [9]. The Norsk Høstfest is North America's largest Scandinavian heritage festival, running more than 25 years. The Høstfest, like the State Fair, brings in big-name entertainers to Minot, along with a lot of other folks! The Norsk Høstfest runs 4 days, starting the first Wednesday in October to the following Saturday.


Shopping opportunities are ample in Minot. Souvenirs are available at the airport, and at the visitors' bureau in the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

  • Downtown Minot, northeast of the intersection of Burdick Expressway and Broadway, has small shops and restaurants, particularly along Main Street and Central Avenue.
  • Dakota Square Mall, [10], just off the US 2/52 bypass on 16th Street SW. Target, Sears, Herbergers, J C Penney, and Scheels Sports. Numerous specialty shops. The mall is in the middle of a shopping district that grew around it, including Hobby Lobby, Super Wal-Mart, and Best Buy.
  • Town and Country Center, a strip mall located on Broadway. Much of it is office space but there is a drugstore, a variety store, and a travel agency.
  • Arrowhead Mall, a strip mall on 16th Street SW quite a bit north of the mall. There's a drugstore, a supermarket, some restaurants, and some offices.
  • Budget Music and Video, 1944 S. Broadway, phone 852-5321, A locally owned record shop with a large collection of new and used cds, body jewelry, incense, lighters, posters, and paintings amongst other odds and ends.


Food is pretty cheap in Minot. You're looking at $10 tops per person in most cases, maybe $20 at some of the nicer sit-down restaurants. If you really want to pull out on the stops, it is theoretically possible to spend $50 a plate at a handful of places in town... if you care to.

You will not need a reservation for any restaurant in town, nor will anyone be particularly able to save a table for you on crowded days (Mother's Day for example). Some restaurants do have private rooms that can be reserved, which are generally for business or political meetings.

  • Charlie's Main Street Cafe, 113 South Main St. (Downtown), phone 839-5900. American fare.
  • Schatz Econostop, 1712 20th Ave SE (on the 2/52 Bypass East), phone 852-5044. One of two main truck stops in Minot, Econostop provides good food at a very reasonable price. Open 24 hours.
  • Applebee's, 2302 15th St SW (Dakota Square Mall), phone 839-2130. It's an Applebee's. Open Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. And it has a bar. Private rooms available.
  • Country Kitchen, 3800 2/52 Bypass West, phone 838-4029. Open 24 hours. Your usual Country Kitchen attached to your usual truck stop. Private rooms available.
  • Greenhouse Cafe, 315 South Main St (Downtown), phone 852-3708. Open Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Private rooms available.
  • Homesteader's Restaurant, 2501 2/52 Bypass West, phone 838-2274. Downhome cooking.
  • China Star, 1631 S Broadway, phone 838-3833. Chinese Buffet and Mongolian Barbecue. Open lunch and dinner. Local Delivery.
  • Planet Pizza, 220 South Broadway, phone 852-1700. Pizza and Video Games! The place to take your kids. Party room available. Local Delivery.
  • Royal Fork Buffet, 1420 24th Ave SW (Dakota Square Mall), phone 838-6581. American Buffet; Fresh cut Roast Beef and Ham, variety of other dishes. Private rooms available.
  • Sammy's Pizza, 400 North Broadway, phone 852-4486. Italian cuisine. Local delivery.
  • Up the Creek Fish Camp & Grill, 2300 15th St SW (directly south of Dakota Square Mall), phone 85-CREEK. A new franchise operated by Apple Corp., owners of the Applebee's chain. Focus is on seafood and steak prepared in a southern style with family friendly atmostsphere. Open 10am to 10pm, bar open until 11pm. Full bar and wine list similar to other chain restaurants. Call ahead for a private room reservation (large parties only).
  • Yenti's Villa, 22 South Main St (Downtown), phone 852-9180. Japanese and Chinese food made to order. Open lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sushi available after 5pm weekdays and all day Saturday. Try the iced pearl teas(Bubble tea) Home made pan cake, spring roll, and dumplings!
  • Primo, at the Grand International, 1505 North Broadway, phone 852-3161. Italian and American cuisine. Biggest list of wines, scotches, and cognacs in town. If there is a place to wine and dine in Minot, this is it. Open 24 hours. Private rooms available. This restaurant does not take reservations.
  • Seven's, at the Vegas Motel 2315 North Broadway, phone 852-4343. Formerly located downtown as The Embassy, another fine restaurant. Live Lobster and Seafood, American and Italian cuisine. Also has a bar. Private rooms available. This restaurant does not take reservations.
  • Ten North Main, 10 N. Main St. (Downtown), phone 837-1010. An upscale restaurant located across the street from an old train depot. Co-owned by actor Josh Duhamel, a Minot native. Private rooms available. Wi-Fi hotspot. This restaurant does take reservations.
  • Michael's, 515 20th Avenue SW, phone 837-6133. Michael's Restaurant offers Italian/American cuisine in a beautiful Italian/Bistro setting. The menu includes pasta, seafood, chicken, ribs, and steaks. For a special night out, come visit Michael's. Located near the Harley Davidson store. Don't be surprised if the owner stops by your table to see how you are doing. Great service!
  • The Blue Rider, 118 1st Avenue Southeast, 701-852-9050
Minot during a snowfall
Minot during a snowfall

Accommodations are easy to find in Minot -- except during the State Fair and Høstfest. Be sure to reserve your rooms well in advance if you're planning to stay during late July and early October.

  • Select Inn Minot, 22nd Avenue NW, (701) 852-3411, [11].  edit
  • Super 8 Motel, 1315 N Broadway, phone 852-1817, toll free reservations 1-800-800-8000. $30-$60
  • Select Inn, 225 22nd Ave NW, phone 852-3411, toll free reservations 1-800-641-1000. Accepts Canadian dollars at par. $30-60
  • Comfort Inn, 1515 22nd Ave SW (near Dakota Square Mall), phone 852-2201, toll free reservations 1-800-424-6423. $70-$100
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 900 24th Ave SW (near Dakota Square Mall), phone 838-2424, toll free reservations 1-800-228-2800. $70-$100
  • Days Inn, 2100 4th Street SW (near the Broadway and 2/52 Bypass interchange), phone 888-327-6466. $50-$80
  • Dakota Inn, 2401 2/52 Bypass West (west of Dakota Square Mall), phone 800-862-5003. $40-80
  • Best Western Kelly Inn, 1510 26th Ave SW (near Dakota Square Mall), phone 800-735-5868. $50-75
  • Grand International, 1505 North Broadway, phone 800-735-4493. Located on North Hill near the Airport, the Grand International is widely regarded as the best hotel in town, though this may simply be a local conceit as the Holiday Inn provides about the same level of service. $60-$95
  • Holiday Inn, 2200 Burdick Expressway East, phone 800-468-9968. Almost immediately across Burdick Expressway from the fairgrounds, the Holiday Inn rivals the International Inn as the best in town. $65-$100


The telephone area code for Minot is 701.

Minot has excellent telecommunications infrastructure; the telephone system is modern, internet access is ubiquitous, and cellular coverage within the city is excellent. Analog and digital PCS, CDMA and GSM networks are available. Coverage in the city and along the roads is excellent. Coverage gaps deep in rural territory are quickly being filled. Local telephone provider SRT is a partner with Sprint and Verizon Wireless, among others. Alltel Wireless also maintains infrastructure in the area; while its native service is based on CDMA technology, it offers a parallel GSM network that some carriers such as T-Mobile US use for roaming. AT&T Wireless now offers limited coverage in the city but not in the surrounding rural areas.

Minot has a web cafe, the Bagel Stop, on South Broadway. Public Internet access is also available at the Public Library (next to the Amtrak station) and Minot State University (North Broadway). Free WiFi access is available in pockets downtown and around MSU.

Stay safe

There is very little crime in Minot. Most residents do not lock their doors, and in wintertime many people leave their cars running in parking lots as they run their errands.

Probably the most significant danger comes from city traffic. Pedestrians are advised to yield to oncoming traffic -- most people will not stop to let you by, even at crosswalks. Also, drunk and exhibition driving is a risk late on weekends. Stay alert on the roads at those times.

  • Rugby (70 miles E) is the geographical center of North America. From Minot, take US 2 east and drive for about one hour.
  • The International Peace Garden (120 miles NE) is located on the Canadian border near Dunseith. From Minot, take US 2 to Rugby and turn north on ND 3, park is on left at border crossing.
  • Lake Sakakawea (40 miles S) provides ample water recreational opportunities. From Minot, take US 83 south and drive about half an hour, US 83 crosses the lake. The cities of Garrison and New Town have boater services.
  • 4 Bears Casino near New Town (60 miles SW) has a wide variety of entertainment. From Minot, take US 83 south about fifteen minutes, then turn west at ND 23 and drive about forty minutes.
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