Earlier this week I was at lunch, and there was a group of guys talking about their plans for the next few days. One piped up and said he had to go to Minot. I didn't think much of it, but he said it differently. The way he pronounced it was Min (like mint) Aht (like hot). We chatted for a few minutes, and during the conversation, he mentioned he had lived here for two years, and no one told him how to pronounce Minot!

So, I asked on our station's Facebook page! What are the towns in North Dakota nobody can pronounce? Brace yourself!

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Absaraka ND

Absaraka

Absaraka, North Dakota, is an unincorporated community in Cass County. Nestled in the Red River Valley, it has a small population and is known for its rural charm. It's pronounced Abs-sah-rack-ah.

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Aneta ND

Aneta

Aneta, North Dakota, is a peaceful town in Nelson County located in Northeast North Dakota. With a modest population, it offers a serene rural atmosphere. Known for its agricultural roots, the community values its farming heritage. It's pronounced An-Net-ah.

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Bottineau ND

Bottineau

Bottineau, North Dakota, situated in Bottineau County, is a picturesque city near the Turtle Mountains. It's pronounced Bott-no.

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Minot ND

Minot

Here is where this all started! Minot, North Dakota, positioned in Ward County, is a vibrant city along the Souris River. Home to the Minot Air Force Base, it blends military influence with a thriving community. It's pronounced My-knot.

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Palermo ND

Palermo

Palermo, North Dakota, is a small community in Mountrail County. Embracing a rural lifestyle, it boasts agricultural landscapes and a tight-knit community. It's pronounced Pal-er-mow.

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Bucyrus

Bucyrus, North Dakota, is a little Adams County town. Its rural environment embodies prairie tranquility. Bucyrus promotes community and peacefulness due to its small population. It's pronounced Biew (like View with a B)-Cyrus.

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Arnegard ND

Arnegard

Arnegard, North Dakota, located in McKenzie County, is a town shaped by the oil industry boom. With proximity to the Bakken Formation, it has experienced some growth and economic development. Some of the best people I know are from Arnegard! It's pronounced Are-knee-guard.

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Wyndmere

In Richland County, Wyndmere, North Dakota, is beautiful. It has a stunning rural scenery due to agriculture. The town values its close-knit community, agricultural heritage, and family-friendly culture. Wyndmere embodies small-town living with community relationships in a quiet setting. It's pronounced WYN-meer.

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Kulm ND

Kulm

Kulm, North Dakota, in LaMoure County, is a quiet agricultural community. The town's motto is Small Town With A Big Heart. It's Nestled in the fertile countryside, it fosters a nice sense of community. Kulm, a small town, offers a peaceful ambiance and a glimpse of North Dakota's prairie tradition. It's pronounced k-ahl-m...similar to calm.

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Ypsilanti ND

Ypsilanti

I saved this one for last for two reasons...it had the most likes on our post, and it's just fun to say! The charming community of Ypsilanti, North Dakota, located in Stutsman County, epitomizes rural simplicity. Its small population depends on its agrarian heritage and sense of community. Ypsilanti is a sanctuary for people looking for a calm lifestyle because of its beautiful surroundings and dedication to maintaining its rural environment. It's pronounced IP-sil-AN-tee.

There were others suggested like Hebron, Tioga, Bowbells, Denbigh and Galchutt. I will admit, I have not heard of the last two. If you know of others, let me know on our social media pages.

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