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Encyclopedia > Bismarck, North Dakota
City of Bismarck
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Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota
Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°48′48″N 100°46′44″W / 46.81333, -100.77889
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Burleigh
Founded 1872
Government
 - Mayor John Warford
Area
 - City 27.4 sq mi (71.0 km²)
 - Land 26.9 sq mi (69.7 km²)
 - Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km²)
Elevation 1,686 ft (514 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 55,532
 - Density 2,065.2/sq mi (797.4/km²)
 - Metro 98,000
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 58501-58507
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-07200GR2
GNIS feature ID 1035849GR3
Website: http://www.bismarck.org

Bismarck is the capital of the State of North Dakota, the county seat of Burleigh County, and the second most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. Its population is 58,333 (July 2006 est.).[1] Bismarck was founded in 1872. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 547 pixelsFull resolution (1170 × 800 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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Bismarck sits on the Missouri Plateau directly across the Missouri River from Mandan, North Dakota. The two cities make up the core urban area of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Coteau du Missouri, or Missouri Plateau, is a large plateau that stretches along the eastern side of the valley of the Missouri River in central North Dakota and north central South Dakota in the United States. ... The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... Mandan is a city in Morton County, North Dakota in the United States. ... Bismarck-Mandan refers to the metropolitan area including Bismarck, North Dakota, Mandan, North Dakota, and nearby cities. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ...


The North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the city, towers over the central part of Bismarck. The state government employs many people within the city. As a hub of manufacturing, retail trade, and health care, Bismarck is the economic center of a large portion of south-central North Dakota. North Dakota State Capitol The North Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of North Dakota. ...

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History

The city that would become present day Bismarck was founded in 1872 under the name "Edwinton." This original name was in honor of Edwin M. Johnson, a chief engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway company. In 1873, the city's name was changed to "Bismarck" in honor of the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The new name was introduced by the Northern Pacific Railway company in an effort to attract German immigrants to settle in the city. However, the discovery of gold in the nearby Black Hills in 1874 was the first real impetus for growth. In 1883, Bismarck became the capital of the Dakota Territory and, in 1889, of the state of North Dakota. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Northern Pacific Railway (AAR reporting marks NP) was a railway that operated in the north-central region of the United States. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Bismarck redirects here. ... This article is about the place in South Dakota. ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Dakota Territory was the name of the northernmost part of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...


Geography

Bismarck is located at 46°48′48″N, 100°46′44″W (46.813343, -100.779004)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.0 km² (27.4 mi²). 69.6 km² (26.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it (1.90%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Cityscape

North Dakota State Capitol
North Dakota State Capitol

The North Dakota State Capitol complex is located just north of downtown Bismarck. The 19-story Art Deco Capitol building is the tallest building in the city at 241.75 ft (74 m). The Capitol building towers over the central part of the city and is easily seen from 20 miles (30 km) away on a clear day. Completed during the Great Depression in 1934, it replaced an earlier capitol building which burned to the ground in 1930. The Capitol grounds also house the North Dakota Heritage Center, the North Dakota State Library, the North Dakota Governor's Residence, the State Office Building, and the Liberty Memorial Building. The North Dakota State Penitentiary is located in eastern Bismarck. Bismarck is also the home of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, a 66 bed house for the homeless. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... North Dakota State Capitol The North Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of North Dakota. ... Asheville City Hall. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... The North Dakota Heritage Center, located on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, is the state of North Dakotas official history museum. ... The North Dakota State Library is a government operated library in the U.S. state of North Dakota. ... The North Dakota Governors Residence is the home of the Governor of North Dakota. ... The Liberty Memorial Bulding is a building located on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... The North Dakota State Penitentiary is a part of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Inc. ...


Downtown Bismarck is located near the center of the city. The downtown area is rather distinctive because the city's major shopping center, Kirkwood Mall, is located there instead of in a suburban setting. Several other major retail stores are located in the vicinity of Kirkwood Mall as is the Bismarck Civic Center. Downtown is also home to both Medcenter One Health Systems and St. Alexius Medical Center. The streets of downtown Bismarck are lined with small stores and restaurants. Kirkwood Mall is a regional shopping center in the city of Bismarck, North Dakota. ... The Bismarck Civic Center is a 10,100 seat multi-purpose arena in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Medcenter One Health Systems is an American healthcare provider headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... St. ...


The Cathedral District is a historic neighborhood located near downtown Bismarck. The neighborhood gets its name from the Art Deco Cathedral of the Holy Spirit located within the district. Some homes in this neighborhood date back to the 1880s although many were built in the first decades of the 20th century. For years, the city has put forth controversial proposals to widen the streets in the neighborhood, but any such project would require the removal of many of the towering American Elms which line the streets.


Much of the recent commercial and residentual growth in the city of Bismarck has taken place on the northern side of the city due in large part to expanding retail shops. Shopping centers in this area include the Gateway Mall, Northbrook Mall, Arrowhead Plaza and the new Pinehurst Square "power center" mall. Gateway Mall is one of three enclosed shopping centers in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... A Power Centre is an unenclosed shopping centre that usually contains three or more big box retailers and various smaller retailers (usually located in plazas) with a common parking area shared among all the retailers. ...


Climate

Located in the Great Plains between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes, Bismarck possesses a climate similar to both locations. The climate is characterized by long, cold winters with average snowfall. Summers are warm, and frequently hot and humid. Thunderstorms occur in spring and summer, but in general, the Bismarck climate is quite dry. The Climate of Bismarck in the U.S. state of North Dakota is typical of cities located in the Great Plains, with four very distinct seasons and great variation in temperatures over very short periods of time. ... For other uses, see Great Plains (disambiguation). ... For individual mountains named Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ... The Great Lakes from space The Laurentian Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... A thunderstorm, also called an electrical storm or lightning storm, is a form of weather characterized by the presence of lightning and its attendant thunder produced from a cumulonimbus cloud. ...


The warmest month in Bismarck is July, where high and low temperatures average 85 °F (29 °C) and 56 °F (14 °C) respectively. The coldest month is January, at 21 °F (-6 °C) and -1 °F (-18 °C). The wettest month is June, with 65.8 mm (2.59 in) of precipitation, and the driest month is December, averaging just 11 mm (0.44 in). The city receives an average of around 17 inches of rain per year, and 41 inches of snow per season.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 63 69 81 93 98 111 109 109 105 95 79 65
Norm High °F 21.1 28.5 40.2 55.9 69.1 77.8 84.5 83.3 71.6 58.2 38.2 25.7
Norm Low °F -0.6 7.8 19.1 30.6 42.8 51.6 56.4 54.7 43.7 32.1 17.8 4.8
Rec Low °F -44 -43 -31 -12 15 30 35 33 11 -10 -30 -43
Precip (in) 0.45 0.51 0.85 1.46 2.22 2.59 2.58 2.15 1.61 1.28 0.7 0.44
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 4,913
1920 7,122 45.0%
1930 11,090 55.7%
1940 15,496 39.7%
1950 18,541 19.7%
1960 27,670 49.2%
1970 34,703 25.4%
1980 44,485 28.2%
1990 49,256 10.7%
2000 55,532 12.7%

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 55,532 people, 23,185 households, and 14,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 797.4/km² (2,065.2/mi²). There were 24,217 housing units at an average density of 347.7/km² (900.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.78% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 3.39% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The Thirteenth United States Census was taken in 1910. ... The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twentieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,545,805, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


The top six ancestries in the city are: German (57.9%), Norwegian (18.2%), Russian (7.7%), Irish (7.2%), English (5.0%), Swedish (4.3%). For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


There were 23,185 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.


The median income per household in the city was $39,422, and the median income per family was $51,477. Males had a median income of $33,804 versus $22,647 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,789. About 5.7% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Law and government

Bismarck uses the city commission style of municipal government. Citizens elect five at-large city commissioners. The president of the city commission also fills the office of mayor of the city. The current mayor of Bismarck is John Warford. The city commission meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. City Commission government is a form of municipal government that was once common in the United States, but has fallen out of favor, most cities formerly governed by Commission having switched to the Council-Manager form. ... Bloc voting (or block voting) refers to a class of voting systems which can be used to elect several representatives from a single multimember constituency. ... John Warford John Warford is the current mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. ...


Economy

With over 4,300 employees, the state government of North Dakota is the largest employer in Bismarck. Bismarck's two major health care providers, Medcenter One Health Systems and St. Alexius Medical Center, together employ about 4,100 people. Other major employers in Bismarck include Bobcat/Ingersoll Rand, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck Public Schools, Midwest Motor Express, and the United States Federal Government.[2] Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Medcenter One Health Systems is an American healthcare provider headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... St. ... A Bobcat compact excavator Bobcat Company is a manufacturer of farm and construction equipment manufactured in West Fargo, Gwinner and Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Ingersoll-Rand NYSE: IR is a diversified industrial firm founded in 1871. ... Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative based in North Dakota that provides electricity to 2 million customers in nine U.S. states. ... Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) is a system of publicly-funded K-12 schools in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article describes the government of the United States. ...


Bismarck is also the home of MDU Resources Group. As of 2007, the company was ranked as number 519 on the Fortune 1000 list. It is believed that the company will enter the Fortune 500 list in the near future which would make it the only such company based in North Dakota. Fortune 1000 is a reference to a list maintained by the American business magazine Fortune. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ...


Education

K-12

The Bismarck Public Schools system has 15 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools (Century High and Bismarck High), and an alternative high school. The system educates 10,400 students and employs 1,500 people. Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) is a system of publicly-funded K-12 schools in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Century High School is an American high school located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Bismarck High School is a secondary school located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ...


There are also a number of private schools in the city: Shiloh Christian School[3], Dakota Adventist Academy[4], and St. Mary's Central High School. St. ...


Higher education

Bismarck is home to several colleges and a university. The University of Mary is the largest degree-granting institution in the city of Bismarck. It is a four-year university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Bismarck State College, a two-year public college, is a member of the North Dakota University System. Bismarck is also home to United Tribes Technical College (a two-year tribal college) and a satellite campus of Aakers College (a two-year private college). The University of Mary is a four-year Roman Catholic university in Bismarck, North Dakota founded in 1959 by the Sisters of St. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... Bismarck State College is a 2-year public college in Bismarck, North Dakota, part of the North Dakota University System. ... The North Dakota University System is the group of public colleges and universities in the state of North Dakota. ... United Tribes Technical College is a tribal college in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Aakers College is a private 2-year college in Fargo, North Dakota, with a satellite campus in Bismarck. ...


Culture

The Belle Mehus Auditorium, a historic building dating back to 1914 and located in downtown Bismarck, is a center for the arts in the metropolitan area. The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra holds their performances there. Theatre companies in Bismarck include Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre[5], the Shade Tree Players[6] children's theater group, Dakota Stage Ltd[7], University of Mary, and Bismarck State College, along with the various high school groups. The Gannon and Elsa Forde Art Galleries are located at Bismarck State College. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Bismarck State College is a 2-year public college in Bismarck, North Dakota, part of the North Dakota University System. ...


Recreation

Bismarck has a large park system and an extensive network of exercise trails. The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, established in 1927, operates many parks, swimming pools, and several golf courses within the city. Sertoma Park is one of the best known parks in Bismarck and spans over three miles (5 km) on the banks of the Missouri River. Along with four miles (6 km) of biking trails, Sertoma Park is also home to the Dakota Zoo, and Super Slide Amusement Park. In total, the Parks and Recreation District operates approximately 2,300 acres (9 km²) of public park land.[8] Sertoma is a park in Bismarck, ND. Sertoma is on a three mile stretch of riverside plain on the Missouri River. ... The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... The Discovery Zoo Building, Bismarck, ND The Dakota Zoo is a well known zoo located along the Missouri River in Bismarck, ND. Early Beginnings The Dakota Zoo began on a 67 acre farm owned by Marc and Betty Christianson on the northern edge of Bismarck. ... Super Slide is the name of an amusement park in Bismarck, ND ...


Bismarck is also home to five golf courses. These include four 18-hole courses (Apple Creek Country Club, Hawktree Golf Club, Riverwood Golf Course, and Tom O'Leary Golf Course) and one 9-hole course (Pebble Creek Golf Course). The Tom OLeary Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course located at 1200 North Washington Street in Bismarck, North Dakota. ...


Hunting and fishing are also common activities in the area. Hunting seasons for deer, pheasant, and waterfowl are popular. Meanwhile, fishing is a year-around sport with the Missouri River running through the Bismarck-Mandan community. There are public docks on the Missouri. The north location is at the "Port of Bismarck" which is also home to the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. The next location is the Fox Island landing and is located about a half-mile southwest of Riverwood Golf Course. Further south is the Bismarck Parks and Recreation-operated General Sibley Park which includes a boat ramp and picnic area.


The Bismarck area is also home to several dammed lakes including McDowell Dam Lake located six miles (10 km) east of the city, two dammed lakes located west of Mandan on I-94, and the man-made Lake Sakakawea located 70 miles (110 km) north of Bismarck which was formed by the Garrison Dam project. Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir on the Missouri River. ... Garrison Dam is an earth-embankment dam on the Missouri River in North Dakota, and the fifth-largest earthen dam in the world. ...

  • In February 2007, Bismarck broke the U.S. world record for most snow angels made in one place. A total of 8,962 participants showed up at the capitol grounds for the event.

A Snow Angel is a man-made depression formed in an area of snow in the shape of an angel. ...

Health care

Bismarck is a regional center for health care. The city has two hospitals: Medcenter One Health Systems (238-bed) and St. Alexius Medical Center (285-bed). Opened in 1885, St. Alexius was the first hospital in Dakota Territory and is the oldest health care provider in the state of North Dakota. Both St. Alexius and Medcenter One have joined forces to form the Bismarck Cancer Center.[9] Medcenter One Health Systems is an American healthcare provider headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... St. ... Dakota Territory was the name of the northernmost part of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...


Media

Print

The only daily newspaper in Bismarck is the Bismarck Tribune. The paper was established in 1873 and is the oldest continuing business in the area. The Tribune is the official newspaper of the city of Bismarck, Burleigh County, and the state of North Dakota.[10] The daily newspapers of other major cities in North Dakota are also available at area newsstands. The Bismarck Tribune is a daily newspaper printed in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Burleigh County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...


Television

There are six television stations based in Bismarck, and all of them have rebroadcasters in Minot, Williston, and Dickinson. The stations include: A television station is a type of radio station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... Minot (IPA ,  ) is a city located in north central North Dakota in the United States. ... Williston is a city in Williams County, North Dakota, in the United States. ... Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota in the United States. ...

Bismarck also carries KWMK, an affiliate of The CW, on cable channel 14, as well as a public access channel, Community Access Television, on cable channel 12. Prairie Public Television (or simply PPTV) is a public television network primarily serving the U.S. state of North Dakota, but also reaching neighboring states of Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota and Canadian provinces. ... “ATSC” redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... NBC North Dakota is a group of five television stations in North Dakota affiliated with the National Broadcasting Company, currently owned by Wicks Television (part of The Wicks Group of Companies of New York) though a holding company, North Dakota Television, LLC. The stations include: KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North... This article is about the television network. ... KX Television is a group of four television stations in western North Dakota owned by Reiten Broadcasting of Minot. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... ABC West is a group of television stations in western North Dakota, owned by Forum Communications of Fargo, North Dakota and managed by Prime Cities Broadcasting, owner of West Dakota Fox. ... Established in 1982, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is the group that developed the ATSC digital television standard for the United States, also adopted by Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and recently Honduras and is being considered by other countries. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... West Dakota Fox is a group of television stations in western North Dakota owned by Prime Cities Broadcasting and affiliated with the Fox Broadcasting Company and UPN. The stations include: KXND in Minot, North Dakota (Channel 24) KNDX in Bismarck, North Dakota (Channel 26) and two low-power repeater stations... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... K46DY is a low-power television station licensed to Bismarck, North Dakota. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian religious television network in the world and is headquartered near Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California with studios near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Irving, Texas and near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ... KWMK is a local cable channel affiliated with The WB. Its on Channel 14 throughout western North Dakota, and is based in Bismarck. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... Public access television is a cable television service that allows members of the public to use a cable companys facilities and equipment to create and broadcast their own content. ... Community Access Television is a public access cable television channel in Bismarck, North Dakota. ...


Radio

Bismarck is home to a number of radio stations. All of the commercial stations are owned by either Clear Channel Communications or Cumulus Media. Many of the lower frequency stations are broadcasters of national Christian radio networks. The local stations include: Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... Cumulus Media, Inc. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ...


FM Radio

AM Radio K-LOVE is a Adult Contemporary Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... K-LOVE is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... // Bible Broadcasting Network BBNs History Bible Broadcasting Network is a global Christian radio network headquartered in Charlotte, NC On May 28, l968, Lowell Davey, President of the Bible Broadcasting Network, made an offer to purchase a radio station in Norfolk, Virginia. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... K-LOVE is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... Lincoln is a city located in Burleigh County, North Dakota. ... Air 1 is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit organization EMF Broadcasting. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... Air 1 is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... Founded by Pensacola Christian College. ... KCND was the name of a television station in Pembina, North Dakota, which first signed on in 1959. ... Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ... Current Prairie Public logo Prairie Public is a public radio service of Prairie Public Broadcasting in association with North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... KBFR, also know as Boulder Free Radio was a pirate (unlicensed, underground) radio station based in Boulder, Colorado. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... American Family Radio (AFR) is a network of more than 150 radio stations in the United States, mostly owned and operated by the American Family Association (AFA), broadcasting Christian-oriented programming of music and talk. ... KYYY or Y-93 is a radio station in Bismarck, North Dakota owned by Clear Channel Communications with an Adult Contemporary format. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... Three Angels Broadcasting Network, or 3ABN for short, is a not-for-profit, 24-hour television and radio networks which primarily focuses on Christian and health-oriented programming. ... KQDY KQ 94. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... KBYZ 96. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... KKCT, known as Hot 97. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... KACL Cool 98. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... KQDY KQ 94. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... KLBE-LP Club Radio 100. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... KSSS Rock 101 is a radio station in Bismarck, North Dakota owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... KUSB US 103. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... KNDR is a Christian radio station in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ...

KFYR is a radio station located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... KXMR (710 AM kHz) is a radio station located in Bismarck, North Dakota airing ESPN Radio, and is owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... ESPN Radio is a national sports radio network based in the United States. ... KBMR Country 1130 is a radio station located in Bismarck, North Dakota, owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... Classic Country is a radio format that specializes in playing mainstream country hits from past decades. ... KLXX Super Talk 1270 is a radio station located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... KDKT-AM 1410 Radio serves as West-Central North Dakotas Fox Sports Radio outlet, as Fox Sports Radio 1410. ... Fox Sports Radio, abbreviated FSR, is an international radio network consisting of sports talk programming all day, every day. ... Travelers Information Stations (TIS), sometimes also called highway advisory radio (HAR), are licensed LPAM stations set up by local transport departments to provide bulletins to motorists and other travelers regarding traffic and other delays. ... The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is a part of the government of the U.S. state of North Dakota. ...

Transportation

Because of its central location within North Dakota, Bismarck has become a major transportation hub for the central part of the state. Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...


Bismarck Municipal Airport is located south of the city and has the largest passenger volume in western North Dakota and the second highest within the state. The airport's main airline is Northwest, although it is also served by United Express and Allegiant Air. A new $15 million dollar terminal opened in May 2005. The previous terminal had been in use for over 40 years. Bismarck Municipal Airport is an airport in Bismarck, North Dakota, IATA code BIS, ICAO code KBIS. Scheduled passenger service is provided five times daily by Northwest Airlines, three times daily by Northwest Airlink, three time daily by Air Wisconsin (operating as United Express). ... Northwest Airlines (NYSE: NWA), occasionally known as NWA, is an American airline headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, near Minneapolis-St. ... United Express is a brand name under which seven regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. ... Allegiant Air is an American low fare airline, owned by Allegiant Travel Co. ...


The BNSF Railway runs east-west through the city. There is no Amtrak service in Bismarck. The closest Amtrak station is in Minot, north of Bismarck, where the Empire Builder line runs. The BNSF Railway (AAR reporting marks BNSF), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the four remaining transcontinental railroads and one of the largest railroad networks in North America (only one competitor, the Union Pacific Railroad, is larger in size). ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Minot (IPA ,  ) is a city located in north central North Dakota in the United States. ... Empire Builder is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northwestern United States. ...


Two federal highways pass through Bismarck. Interstate 94 runs east and west through the metropolitan area and connects Bismarck and Mandan. U.S. Route 83 runs north and south through the northern half of Bismarck until merging with Interstate 94. U.S. Route 83 doesn't split away from Interstate 94 again until roughly 25 miles (40 km) east of the Bismarck. Interstate 94 (abbreviated I-94) is the northernmost east-west interstate highway, connecting the Great Lakes and Intermountain regions of the United States. ... Mandan is a city in Morton County, North Dakota in the United States. ... U.S. Highway 83 is one of the longest north-south U.S. Highways in the United States, at 1885 miles. ...


In May 2004, "Capital Area Transit" System (or "CAT") was launched.[11] This public bus system is operated by the Bis-Man Transit Board and includes eleven routes throughout the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area. Bis-Man Transit also offers a taxi service for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Bismarck-Mandan refers to the metropolitan area including Bismarck, North Dakota, Mandan, North Dakota, and nearby cities. ...


Sports

Like in many other cities, athletics (both non-professional and professional) are popular activities in the Bismarck community.


Non-professional

High school and college sports dominate the local athletics landscape. The athletic teams at the two public Bismarck high schools, Bismarck High School and Century High School, are known as "The Demons" and "The Patriots" respectively. The athletic teams at St. Mary's Central High School, a local Catholic high school, are known as "The Saints." The teams at Bismarck State College are called "The Mystics" and compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The teams at the University of Mary are called "The Marauders" and compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Bismarck has an American Legion baseball team called the Governors. Bismarck High School is a secondary school located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Century High School is an American high school located in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... St. ... Bismarck State College is a 2-year public college in Bismarck, North Dakota, part of the North Dakota University System. ... The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an association of community college athletic departments throughout the United States of America. ... The University of Mary is a four-year Roman Catholic university in Bismarck, North Dakota founded in 1959 by the Sisters of St. ... The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the midwestern United States. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


The fall season is dominated by football, both high school and college. Several high schools in the area have a football rivalry with each other. The University of Mary added the sport in 1988. Most games are played in the Community Bowl. Popular sports during the winter months include ice hockey, wrestling and basketball. During the spring season, baseball is one of the top non-professional sports in the city with all high schools, BSC, and U-Mary providing teams. U-Mary also has a softball team. Another popular high school and college sport during the spring months is track and field. The summer months see no high school or college athletics, but the city is home to American Legion baseball and auto racing. The July 4th holiday is the also the height of rodeo time with rodeos held in both Mandan and Bismarck during the period.


Professional

Professional teams in Bismarck include the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League and the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League. Pro sports are a recent development in the area. Both the semi-pro Bobcats and pro Wizards took root in the mid to late 1990s. The Wizards won titles during their IBA and CBA days and are the current champions of the NBA Development League. Bismarck has also been the home of two indoor pro football teams, but both teams quickly left the city after start-up. Bismarck also had a pro baseball team, the Dakota Rattlers that relocated after several seasons in Bismarck. The Dakota Wizards are an American basketball team in the NBA Development League (D-League). ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Bismarck Bobcats are a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey Leagues central division, and play out of Bismarck, North Dakota in the VFW All Seasons Arena. ... The North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the defunct America West Hockey League merged in 2003 to form a 21-team Junior A league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. ...


Notable residents

Neil O. Churchill (c. ... Kent Conrad (born on March 12, 1948) is a United States senator from North Dakota. ... John Henry Hoeven III (born March 13, 1957), is a North Dakota banker and Republican politician who is most well known for his current tenure as the Governor of North Dakota. ... The following is a list of governors of the state of North Dakota, United States. ... Edward Thomas Ed Schafer (born August 8, 1946), U. S. Republican Party politician, He served as Governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000. ... John Warford John Warford is the current mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota. ...

Notes

External links

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