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    Statues at the Scandinavian Heritage Park

    by Basaic Written Dec 3, 2015

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    The last thing I want to show you about the Scandinavian Heritage Center Park is some of the statues they have on site of famous Scandinavians whose activities have influenced the world. Photo 1 is Leif Eiricksson, the Icelandic Explorer. This statue is 7'4" tall and was sculpted by Arlen Evenson. Many believe that Leif Eiricksson was the actual first European to set foot in North America about 1000 A.D. almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Photo 2 is of Sondre Norheim, the Norwegian skier widely credited as the "father of modern skiing". Photo 3 is of Norwegian Olympian Casper Oimoen. There was also a statue of Hans Christian Andersen but my photo was too bad for publication.

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    Heritage House Museum - FREE

    by Basaic Written Dec 3, 2015

    The heritage House, located on the edge of the Scandinavian Heritage Center Park is a repository for a number of artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, costumes and more that show the artistry and culture of the Scandinavian countries. I made sure I got a photo of something distinctly Icelandic (see Photo 5) for my good VT friend Erik AKA Oddinthor.

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    Scandinavian Heritage Association and Park

    by Basaic Updated Dec 3, 2015

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    There have been many people who have come to settle in the United States from Scandinavian countries and settled across the country. Many places have museums or heritage parks dedicated to immigrants from one of these countries. The Scandinavian Heritage Society and the Heritage Park in Minot, however, celebrate all 5 of the countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. They have a number of interesting displays in the park, so many I am going to go into more detail with more tips. Start your visit in the visitor's center which has friendly staff and some displays inside the building. This also serves as a welcome center for Minot and nearby areas. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday in the winter and 9 AM to 4 PM in the summer. The offices are closed Saturday and Sunday. The Norsk Hostfest held here in late September is one of the largest such celebrations in the country.

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    Sigdal House

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    The Sigdal House, in size, construction, and simple furnishings is typical of the type of house common in the Sigdal Mountains of Norway in the 1700s. This house was originally built in 1770 and was restored by craftsmen from the Sigdal area.

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    Finnish Sauna

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    This authentic Finnish Sauna is another of the interesting displays at the Scandinavian Heritage Center Park. It was built by Finnish immigrants in Wisconsin and transported to Minot for a big Finnish Cultural Festival. The sauna has long been an important part of Finnish culture and is a center of social gatherings amongst family, friends, and neighbors.

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    The Dala Horse

    by Basaic Written Dec 3, 2015

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    This beautiful display is a 30 foot tall Dala Horse. These brightly decorated horses are the most recognized Swedish symbol in the world. The Dala Horse originated in the early 1800s as plain wood toys for children and about 100 years later they were made much larger, more colorful, and got the flowery designs for the saddle and bridle. This Dala Horse was constructed under the watchful eyes of the Swedish Heritage Association to guarantee authenticity.

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    Danish Windmill

    by Basaic Written Dec 3, 2015

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    Another neat display in the Scandinavian Heritage Center Park is this Danish style windmill which was built by Danish immigrant Carl Olson in 1929 and was used on his farm to supply water for irrigation and to grind wheat for the family's use.

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    Inside the Gol Stave Church

    by Basaic Written Dec 3, 2015

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    The inside of the Gol Stave Church is also quite impressive. If you look to the right of the altar you will see a box shaped object attached to the wall. This leads to a window. The purpose of the window is to allow people who could not enter the church due to sickness or because they were "unclean" could still hear the sermon and still receive communion or blessings from the priest. The ceiling has a boat like appearance because in the old churches they use old boats to make the roof of the church. The carvings inside are very nice and were created by noted wood carvers Philip Odden and Elsa Bigton.

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    Gol Stave Church

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    The centerpiece of the Scandinavian Heritage Park is the Gol Stave Church which is a full-sized replica of the one that was moved from the town of Gol to a park in Oslo over 100 tears ago. The church was painstakingly built using the same type of materials and procedures as were used in building the original. The church is 60 feet by 45 feet at the base and is 60 feet high. This is a beautiful example of a Stave Church of which there are some still standing in Norway after over 800 years.

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    Dakota Territory Air Museum

    by Basaic Written Dec 2, 2015

    The Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot tells the story of aviation history from the Wright Brothers flight in 1903 to today with an emphasis on aviation in the Dakotas. They have a nice replica of the Wright Brothers plane and numerous others on display. They have both military and civilian aircraft. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday from Mid-May through October. Check with the museum for other times and dates. Admission is $5 for adults and $15 for the whole family.

    Dakota Territory Air Museum Gift Shop and Displays Air Force Jet Cargo Plane
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    Taube Museum of Art - FREE

    by Basaic Written Dec 2, 2015

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    Another fine museum in Minot is the Taube Museum of Art. The museum showcases a nice collection of art with an emphasis on local and regional art. They also sponsor art education classes and a variety of events in Minot like an historic homes tour and more. Hours are 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM Tuesday through Friday and 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is FREE but they really need donations because of water damage suffered this summer.

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    Railroad Museum of Minot

    by Basaic Written Dec 2, 2015

    One of the nice museums in Minot is the Railroad Museum of Minot. This museum depicts over 100 years of railroad history and explains the contributions the railroad made to Minot and this part of North Dakota. Hours are 1 PM to 4:45 PM daily from May to September and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays.

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    Minot Historic District

    by Basaic Updated Dec 2, 2015

    Minot has a very nice historic area with a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. I especially liked some of the old buildings downtown and the churches. There are 3 districts and 10 individual locations in Minot listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Minot and Ward County

    by Basaic Updated Nov 18, 2015

    Minot is a small city of about 47,000 (up 27% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 2, 52, and 83 in Ward County in North Central North Dakota. Minot was established in 1886 during construction of the Great Northern Railroad. Minot has been called the "Magic City" because when it first came into being it grew from a few people to over 5000 in five months. The town was named after railroad investor Henry D. Minot. Many of the early settlers were from the Scandinavian countries and Minot remains proud of its North European heritage. A few different rail lines crossed in Minot and the city continued to grow rapidly. Minot has a number of sports teams and has sister cities Skien, Norway and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Minot is the county seat of Ward County. Ward County was formed in 1885 and was named after the Chairman of the Counties Committee, Mark Ward. The Ward County Courthouse was completed in 1929 by the Minnesota firm of Toltz, King and Day using the Art Deco style of architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Dakota Territory Air Museum

    by my2kids Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Located just north of the Minot International Airport on Highway 83 you will find the Dakota Territory Air Museum.

    The museum was founded in 1986 with the dream to provide the most comprehensive aviation facility in the state and the region. Here you will find a variety of Military and Civilian Aircraft, numerous aviation photographs, and a large collection of aviation literature and periodicals.

    You will also find a large collection of memorabilia relating to this region's military aviation service and history.

    Air Museum - Minot, ND
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