Minot is a city of approximately 47,800 located in north central North Dakota.
The community was founded as a center for railroad transportation, developed a strong economic agricultural base and became a major medical referral center for northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana. In the last decade, Minot has grown with North Dakota's burgeoning oil production. A United States Air Force Base is located 10 miles north of the city with a population of approximately 5,000.
The public school system includes 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and a two campus high school. Two parochial school systems, Catholic and Lutheran, operate in all 12 grades. Minot boasts a remarkably high graduation rate and its schools are extremely safe. Minot State University, with an annual enrollment of approximately 3,500, began as a teacher's college in 1913, subsequently transitioning into a liberal arts university. While the university offers a wide variety of degrees, they are particularly known for their teacher's education, music education, communication disorders training, and nursing program, amongst many other programs. MSU also offers several graduate degrees in education, school psychology, criminal justice, communications disorders, management, and mathematics.
Minot takes pride in its clear skies, friendly people, and wholesome atmosphere for living and raising a family. Our residents often comment on how friendly and helpful they have found people to be here. In the spirit of full disclosure, it can be very cold here in the winter. Nevertheless, our residents from all over the world are able to accommodate and many choose to settle in North Dakota after graduation.
There are numerous cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities in the area:
- North Dakota State Fair draws nationally known entertainers
- Norsk Høstfest, a "Top 100 Event" in the USA is a celebration of Scandinavian culture and heritage
- Minot Park District and Roosevelt Park Zoo
- Minot Symphony Orchestra offers five concerts in its normal season and one Christmas concert
- Western Plains Opera and Western Plains Children's Choir
- Mouse River Players
- Taube Museum of Art is a local art museum which sponsors adult and children's art classes
- Minot Chamber Chorale has many yearly performance including the Renaissance Christmas Feast
- Dakota Chamber Music
- Minot Recreation Commission: Softball, hockey, volleyball, etc.
- Minot State University: sporting events, activities, summer theatre, plays, concerts, etc.
- Souris Valley Golf Course is an 18 hole course in the summer and hosts cross country skiing and sledding during the winter
- Varden Golf Club is host to the Western ND Charity Pro Am Tournament
- Wildwood Country Club
- Apple Grove Golf Course
- Minot Country Club
- Multiple fitness clubs including the Minot Family YMCA which boasts a pool, running track, workout equipment, racquetball and basketball courts, children's gym, and climbing wall
- Year round NHL sized ice rinks (MAYSA arena) and curling club (State Fair Center)
- Nodak Speedway - summer long car racing
- World class hunting and fishing in the surrounding area. There are seasons for deer, antelope, moose, elk, coyote, mountain lion, geese, ducks, pheasants, and other small game. There is excellent year-round fishing in area lakes and rivers.
To learn more, please visit VisitMINOT.org