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North America : United States of America : Great Plains : North Dakota : Lakes and Gardens : Ward County : Minot
Minot 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.
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!"
The telephone area code for Minot is 701.
Minot International Airport is served by Northwest Airlines (http://www.nwa.com/) with three flights per day (four during the holiday season). Schedule (http://web.ci.minot.nd.us/airport/airsched.htm)
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.
Minot is a stop on Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com/)'s Empire Builder (http://www.amtrak.com/trains/empirebuilder.html) line, which goes between Chicago and Seattle. 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.
Greyhound Lines offers no scheduled service to Minot. A local company provides road transportation to and from Grand Forks ($40) and also Bismarck ($20) once daily. Though Greyhound no longer serves those cities, Jefferson Lines in Grand Forks and Rimrock Stages in Bismarck provide connecting service to Greyhound in Fargo, Winnipeg, and Billings.
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. Most visitors will bring their own vehicle anyway; otherwise:
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.
Shopping opportunities are ample in Minot. Souvenirs are available at the Airport, and at the Visitor's Bureau office inside a very Scandinavian-looking building just off Broadway (you can't conceivably miss it).
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.
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.
Minot has excellent telecommunications infrastructure.
Analog and digital PCS 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. Cellular One also maintains infrastructure
Minot has two web cafes, the Bagel Stop, on South Broadway, and Bellissimo, on North 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.
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.