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  Minot is a city located in north central North Dakota in the United States.

The town was named after Henry Davis Minot, a railroad investor. Minot became a city on June 28, 1887. Minot was a typical western boom town in its early years. In the 1950s became the construction of the Minot Air Force Base, an Air Defense Command Base that later became a Strategic Air Command Bomber & Minuteman missile base. Minot is most known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of about 40,888 at the 2010 census.Minot is the fourth largest city in the state of North Dakota. A housing study completed by the Minot Area Development Corporation in 2011 estimated that 45,508 people live within the city limits. Minot is also known as the "Magic City" because of  its remarkable growth in size over a short time.



Minot's Midwestern setting and attitudes sometimes hides its arts community. Minot has an art museum, a symphony orchestra, an opera company, a city band, multiple dance and theatre troops, a youth concert organization, the AMP, and many more; over 40 organizations claim membership in the Minot Area Council on the Arts. Nearly 40% of the city's residents are of Scandinavian ancestry, every October since 1977, Minot has been the host of the Norsk Høstfest, North America's largest Scandinavian-American festival. Scandinavian Heritage Park is located in Minot with great views from just driving by. Scandinavian Heritage Park features remembrances and replicas from each of the Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, as well as Finland and Iceland.

 Interesting Facts:


*North Dakota passed a bill in 1987 making English the official state language.


*Milk is the official state beverage.


*North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.


*Of the 50 states North Dakota is 17th in size, with 70,665 square miles. North Dakota is 212 miles long north to south and 360 miles wide east to west.


*Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friends or allies.

 Notable people:


  • Josh Duhamel, Emmy Award-winning actor, married to Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas.

    Gary Cederstrom, umpire with MLB.


    Randy Hedberg, quarterback in the NFL.


  • Erik Ramstad, city founder.

    Donny Schatz, champion sprint car driver with the World of Outlaws (2006).


    Gary Johnson, 29th Governor of New Mexico and 2012 presidential candidate.


    Nicole Borud, contestant on America's Next Top Model.