Minot is located in the north-central part of North Dakota and a city and seat of Ward County. It sits at the south of the Canadian border and northwest of Bismarck along the Souris River. It was settled as a tent town in 1886 for the construction of the Great Northern Railway and the area was named in honor of the Eastern railroad investor, Henry David Minot. The area’s spectacular growth at the start of the 20th century and has earned its nickname “the Magic City.” At present, the city is a regional transport, trade, education, commerce, and health center. Minot’s area has been the leading producer of barley, wheat, oil, rye, canola, flaxseed, and sunflowers were grown and produced. With the establishment of the Minot Air For Base became a primary economic factor; and that business and financial services, telemarketing, and agricultural processing are also an important economic activity.