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Editorial: February 2016

Make North Dakota your next destination


For the 15th year in a row, we are proud to partner with the North Dakota Tourism Division to publish our state’s annual tourism guide. You’ll find a copy of the guide in the polybag with this issue of North Dakota Living.

This year’s guide is hosted by Josh Duhamel, a Minot native, who’s gone on to the big screen in such blockbusters as the Transformers film series. Josh continues to speak glowingly of his North Dakota upbringing, and was proud to help portray our state as a great place to visit because of its “Legendary” features. “It is through his eyes that we share our legendary state with you in our 2016 Travel Guide,” says Sara Otte Coleman, director of the Tourism Division. “We hope you catch his energy, fun and love of adventure, and are inspired to experience some of the truly unique activities, events and scenery found here.”

It’s interesting to note one of the newer sections in the 2016 guide promotes agritourism and local flavors through food festivals, farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. It also notes that several farm-stay or ranch-stay vacations are available in North Dakota. Related to the local flavors are mentions of several on-farm wineries

and a thriving, growing microbrewery culture and industry. The growth of these attractions is attributable to the nation’s growing demand for locally grown and sourced products and foods.

In his welcome, Gov. Jack Dalrymple notes this guide comes out during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. North Dakota is fortunate to be the home of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, set in the beautiful Badlands found in the north and south units of this majestic park. In addition to this national treasure, there are 13 well-kept state parks that offer a wide variety of recreational or sightseeing opportunities.

And if you want to get a clear understanding of why North Dakota promotes itself as a “Legendary” travel experience, then you must plan a trip to one of North Dakota’s museums or historic sites. The newly remodeled N.D. Heritage Center and Museum in Bismarck is billed as the Smithsonian on the Prairie; truly a world-class showcase of North Dakota’s heritage. The State Historical Society of N.D. also operates nine other historic sites and museums across the state, one of which is the Pembina State Museum. This year, the traveling exhibit on display there will feature the history of rural electrification in an exhibit titled “Power of the People.” Stop in to take a look.

We hope you enjoy this year’s travel guide. And take Sara Otte Coleman’s words to heart: “From the peaceful, wide-open spaces to dynamic cities, there are many great reasons North Dakota should be your next destination.”  

Dennis Hill, editor-in-chief of North Dakota Living, is executive vice president and general manager of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Mandan. Comments can be mailed to Dennis Hill, NDAREC, P.O. Box 727, Mandan, ND 58554-0727 or by email