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About Minot

Minot (IPA /'maɪ.nɑt/, listen ) is a city located in north central North Dakota in the United States. With 36,567 people, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state. The city is the county seat of Ward CountyGR6 and the trading center of a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Minot is also known as the "Magic City", and was founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railroad.


Minot came into existence in 1886, when Jim Hill's Great Northern Railroad ended its push through the state for the winter, after having trouble 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 5 months, the population increased to over 5,000 residents, further adding to the nickname's validity.

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

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

Later, the Soo Line was building a line from Valley City up to Canada. While initially their plan was to cross the Souris River some distance from Minot, local interests convinced them otherwise; landholders along the new route gladly donated the right-of-way. They reached Minot in 1893.

Minot was a typical western boom town in its early years, with its share of vice and lawlessness. During Prohibition the city became known as "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. Some of the tunnels can still be accessed.

The 1950s saw a great influx of federal funding into the region, with the construction of Minot Air Force Base north of the city, and Garrison Dam was on the Missouri River, about fifty miles 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 [1]. 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.[3].


Historical populations
CensusPop. %±
196030,987 40.6%
197032,290 4.2%
198032,843 1.7%
199034,544 5.2%
200036,567 5.9%

As of the censusGR2 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.

A recent study by Coldwell-Banker Real Estate showed that Minot has the country's lowest median home price of $132,300, which buys 2200 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Other cities in the report were from Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Kansas.


The Minot Public Schools system operates ten elementary schools within the city: Bel Air, Edison, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Longfellow, McKinley, Roosevelt, Perkett, Sunnyside, and Washington. Jefferson Elementary was closed in 2003. The current Washington Elementary building will be closed by the end of 2007 and the students will be moved to a new building that is currently being renovated. There are also two elementary schools on the Minot Air Force Base: Dakota and North Plains.

There are three middle schools, two in Minot: Jim Hill, Erik Ramstad. Memorial Middle School is located on the Minot Air Force Base.

Minot has one public high school, Minot High School, that is divided into two campuses. Downtown is Central Campus, which is for grades 9-10, and on the southwest side of town is the newer Magic City Campus (grades 11-12), which was constructed in the mid 1970s. Minot Public Schools also operates an adult learning center and Souris River Campus, an alternative high school.

Private schools in Minot include the Minot Catholic Schools system which operates two elementary schools, St. Leo's and Little Flower, and a combined middle and high school, Bishop Ryan. There is also a protestant K-12 school, Our Redeemer's Christian School.

Minot is also home to Minot State University.


The "stave church" in Minot's Scandinavian Heritage Park
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 troupes, 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 residents of Minot 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.

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A twilight view of Minot's Scandinavian Heritage Park
A twilight view of Minot's Scandinavian Heritage Park

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