Once nicknamed the "Magic City" for its rapid growth in the late 1800s, Minot today is a city of 40,000 that serves as a trading center for north-central North Dakota. Things to do include visiting the Scandinavian Heritage Park and attending the annual Norsk Hostfest, the continent's largest Scandinavian festival.
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Mammoths, bison ... and minted lamb burgers? You can find them all in North Dakota's capital city, where a $51 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center adds another colorful stop to the city's selection of restaurants, activities and outdoor fun. Make it an adventure-packed weekend with these five top draws.