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Minot, North Dakota

Minot, North Dakota
Minot, North Dakota Nickname(s): The Magic City

North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railroad, 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]

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 State County Founded Incorporated Government - Mayor Area - Total - Land - Water Elevation Population (2000) - Total - Density Time zone - Summer (DST) Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID Website United States North Dakota Ward 1886 June 28, 1887 Curt Zimbelman 14.6 sq mi (37.7 km2) 14.6 sq mi (37.6 km2) 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2) 1,621 ft (494 m) 36,547 2,513.1/sq mi (970.4/km2) CST (UTC-6) CDT (UTC-5) 701 38-53380[1] 1030249[2] http://web.ci.minot.nd.us

Minot (pronounced /ˈmaɪnɒt/, listen ) 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

Minot came into existence in 1886, when James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad 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 and friend of Hill. The city was incorporated on June 28, 1887. 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


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Monthly average high temperatures Jan °F °C 18.2 -7.7 Feb 25.2 -3.8 Mar 36.6 2.6 Apr 53.7 12.1 May 67.2 19.6 Jun 75.6 24.2 Jul 81.2 27.3 Aug 80.6 27.0 Sep 68.4 20.2

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Oct 55.2 12.9

Nov 35.0 1.7

Dec -13.0

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 [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. [3].

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
North-South: • 16th Street West • 6th and 8th Streets West • Broadway (US 83) • 3rd Street East • Valley Street (Bus. US 52) • Hiawatha Street East-West: • 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 • 32nd Avenue South

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 [6], 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.

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.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 mi² (37.7 km²). 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).

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. [7]


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Monthly average precipitation Jan inches mm .65 16.5 Feb .53 13.5 Mar 1.05 26.7 Apr 1.55 39.4 May 2.31 58.7 Jun 3.15 80.0 Jul 2.70 68.6 Aug 1.95 59.5 Sep 1.74 44.2

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Oct 1.32 33.5

Nov .86 21.8

Dec .63 16.0

Historical populations Census Pop. %± 575 — 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000

1,277 6,188 10,476 16,099 16,577 22,032 30,604 32,290 32,843 34,544 36,567

122.1% 384.6% 69.3% 53.7% 3.0% 32.9% 38.9% 5.5% 1.7% 5.2% 5.9%

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 evennumbered 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.

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

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


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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.

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A Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index listed Minot as the most affordable area in North Dakota for homebuyers.[4]

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.

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. [5] 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 [6]. 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 twoyear teacher’s college when opened in 1913, Minot State became a university in 1987.

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.[9]

Preschool and Daycare
Most of the larger daycare centers and preschools in the Minot area work in collaboration with local church groups. There are also


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programs such as Head Start and preschool programs through Minot Public Schools. The in-home daycare providers are state registered/licensed.

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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.


• Minot Skyrockets of the Continental Basketball Association • Minot Vistas of the North Dakota American Legion Baseball League

Sister cities
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. 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: • 6 KSRE - Prairie Public Television (PBS) (ATSC 40) • 10 KMOT - NBC (ATSC 10) • 13 KXMC - CBS (ATSC 45) • 14 KMCY - ABC (ATSC 14) • 21 K21GQ - The Church Channel • 24 KXND - Fox

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.

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


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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.

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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.

AM band
• 910 KCJB - "91 Country" Classic country/Talk • 1320 KHRT - "K-Heart" Gospel Music • 1390 KRRZ - "Cars" Oldies

FM band
• • • • • • • • • • • • 88.9 KMPR - Prairie Public Radio 91.1 K220GC - HBN Radio Christian 91.9 K216EE - K-Love Christian 93.7 KIZZ - "Z94" Top 40/CHR 94.9 KTZU - "The Zoo" Classic rock 97.1 KYYX - "97 Kicks" Country 98.1 KOWW-LP - "The Cowlip" eclectic community broadcaster 99.9 KMXA-FM - "Mix 99.9" Hot AC 102.9 KWGO - "W-G-O" Adult Contemporary (Burlington, North Dakota) 104.1 KSAF-LP - Radio 74 Christian 105.3 KZPR - "The Fox" Classic rock 106.9 KHRT - "K-Heart" Christian

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 stop in Minot; Westbound trains arrive about 9:00 am local time. Eastbound trains arrive about 9:00pm.

Other stations
Additionally, the following stations are not based in Minot but generally have a clear signal into town: • 550 AM KFYR - "K-Fire" from Bismarck (News/Talk/Sports) • 710 AM KXMR - "The Fan" also from Bismarck (Sports) • 1410 AM KDKT - "Fox Sports Radio 1410" also from Bismarck (Sports) • 101.9 FM KBTO - "Sunny 101.9" from Bottineau (Country)

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


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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.

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Park), and rollerblading is generally disallowed by downtown landowners.

Sites of interest

A twilight view of Minot’s Scandinavian Heritage Park • is an aircraft museum near the airport. It contains many war and civilian aircraft. • The is home to the Minot Visitor’s Center, as well as buildings based on the Scandinavian style of architecture. • , on the state fairgrounds, is a collection of various buildings from the pioneer era. • The , located on the state fairgrounds, is home to many of the city’s largest events, including: The North Dakota State Fair, the Norsk Høstfest, the Big One craft show, the KMOT Ag Expo, and the Great Tomato Festival. It also hosts rodeos, and college hockey games. •

Minot International Airport is served by Northwest 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.

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

Notable residents
• Dan Bertholf - Millionaire Stuntman • Nicole Borud - Contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3 • Ronnie Bradford - former NFL player • Grant Brashear - RCF for Screaming Borrachos of RRAAL • Dale Brown - former LSU basketball coach • Gary Cederstrom - MLB umpire • Josh Duhamel - Emmy Award-winning actor and former male model • Maynard Feist, AIA - Renowned Architect • Hans Andersen Foss - NorwegianAmerican author, newspaper editor and temperance leader. • General David C. Jones, U.S. Air Force former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1978-82)


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• Randy Hedberg - former NFL quarterback, 12 varsity letters @ Minot State, later head football coach (1982-89) • John Hoeven - current Governor of North Dakota, born in Minot on Mar. 13, 1957. • Boris Karloff - star of 1931’s Frankenstein and other films, lived in Minot for a year • Rear Admiral Michael H. Miller - flag officer of the U.S. Navy and former commander of Carrier Strike Group Seven • Herro Mustafa - American diplomat and senior adviser on the Middle East to Vice President Joe Biden • Thor Nelson - NHL referee • Ole Olson - Famous Self Taught Archeologist • Ragnvald A. Nestos - former Governor of North Dakota • Neal Peterson - musician • Nick Post - Landscape Photographer • Casper Oimoen - Ski jumping champion. Captain of the U.S. Ski Jumping team in 1936 • Erik Ramstad - one of the founders of Minot, North Dakota • Greg "Fossilman" Raymer - winner of 2004 World Series of Poker • Chester Reitan - former mayor and creator of Norsk Hostfest • Daniel V. Roggenbuck - Diplomat (Legal Attache) /Federal Bureau of Investigation representative to United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar • Daren Seney - Professional Bowler • Donny Schatz - World of Outlaws Champion - sprint car driver • Benjamin Kjos - Noted Visualizer, Singer, Writer and local Gay advocate

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[2] "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved on 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 on 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. [1] [6] "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/ www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [7] National Climatic Data Center, Monthly Station Normals (1971–2000) for North Dakota, [2]. Retrieved 20 November 2006. [8] Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 179. [9] www.minotusa.com

External links
• City of Minot official website • Chamber of Commerce*Collected stories of January 18, 2002 CP Rail derailment and anhydrous ammonia spill • Convention and Visitors Bureau • Current area weather - from Ramstad Middle School • Fargo Band Family Tree: Minot • History of Minot from 1920-1940 (through slides) • Lawsuits against CP Rail after derailment • Minot history (MSU) • Minot Public Schools • Minot travel guide from Wikitravel

[1] ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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