Minot (mĪˈnät) [key], city (1990 pop. 34,544), seat of Ward co., NW N.Dak., on the Souris River; inc. 1887. It is a commercial and transportation center for an extensive agricultural, lignite-mining, and oil-producing region. Manufactures include building materials, petroleum compounds, and farm machinery. Minot State Univ. and a state agricultural experiment station are there. Nearby is Minot Air Force Base. Points of interest include the Theodore Roosevelt Park and Zoo and a nearby wildlife refuge.