Tag Archives: North Dakota

My Main Street – 10 North Main – A Dining Experience

logo[1] (2)

10 North Main

At 10 North Main Street

Minot, ND  58701

10 North Main is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to close.

Connect with 10 North Main on their website, Facebook, and on Twitter.

The owners

Jonathan and Chad

Jonathan and Chad

Chad Schmidt, General Manager

Jonathan Peterson, Executive Chef

Lance Behm, local children’s dentist

Josh Duhamel, Minot-born actor

About 10 North Main

10 North Main opened in 2005. The restaurant is located on the north side of downtown Minot, across the street from the historic Soo Line Train Depot.

The atmosphere at 10 North Main is warm and cozy – all guests feel comfortable enjoying a night out or celebrating a special occasion. What is most important is that, when you leave, you feel you had a wonderful experience at an exceptional value.

Mouth-watering menu

I couldn’t possibly mention all menu items here, but let me give you a taste (pun intended).

Appetizers – Crab Cakes, Pheasant Strips, Calamari

Soups – French Onion and Wild Rice and Smoke Duck

Salads – Along with the house salad, they offer Italian, Caesar, and Spinach & Strawberry

10 north main foodThe main course

10 North Main offers delicacies from “field, smoke, stream,” and pasta.

Field – Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Rib Eye, and Prime Rib. They also offer elk, bison, and veal.

Smoke – Chicken, Duck, BBQ Ribs

Stream – Chilean Sea Bass, Tasmanian Salmon, Shrimp, Crab, Walleye

Pasta – Penne Carbonara, Pheasant Marsala, Squash Ravioli

More info on their fabulous dishes available on the menu.

north main

Red, sparkling, and white

Like wine with dinner? See 10 North Main’s full list of wines.

Sweet treats

After-dinner goodies include Crème Caramel, Peanut Butter Chocolate Torte, Sour Mash Cheesecake (with chocolate Cognac & caramel sauce), Main Street Sundae (rich chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, and oh-so-delicious caramel-peanut butter sauce), and Blueberry Bread Pudding.

See more about sweet treats.

If that’s not enough

10 North Main also offers dessert wine, French press coffee, and ports.


Do you have a favorite restaurant in your town? What are some of their signature or specialty dishes?


Filed under Special Events

My Main Street – The Taube Museum


Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art
2 North Main Street,
Minot, ND 58703
Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 am-5:30 pm,
Saturday: 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Connect with the Taube Museum on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Artwork by Judy Bell

Artwork by Judy Bell

Founding organization

The Taube’s founding organization began in 1970. The museum moved to their current location in August, 1997.

Art featured

The Taube Museum primarily features contemporary art from local, regional, and national artists, as well as international artists.

Special Events and Programs

There are loads of special events at the Taube!

Artfest, North Dakota Student Art Show, Artcards Fundraiser, Soup It Up!, Run for the Arts,  Great Tomato Festival, Small Works Art, Revel in the Rubble, exhibits and auctions, and more!

See the Calendar of Events for more information.

Taube Museum art classArt Classes

Adult Art Class: Paint the Town Red offered on a monthly basis.


Educational programs include Goodnight, Art!, Gallery on Wheels, August Art Camp, A Start in Art, Paint a Purple Cow, Summer “Art”ventures, Youth Arts Month, Art Birthday Parties, and Tours with Art Activities.

Click the link to see more educational opportunities.

Inside the Taube

Inside the Taube

A little nostalgia and a long history

The building at 2 North Main has a long history. It began as the Jacobsen’s Hardware Store and Opera House in the early 1900s. In 1923, the building caught fire and sustained extensive damage. Jacobsen’s did not want to rebuild due to finances. So the small bank that was in the corner of the building bought the property and rebuilt into the Union National Bank. In the 1960s, the bank moved to a different more modern location.

2 North Main was then a USO for about ten years. After that, it sat empty for over 20 years and was then gifted to the Minot Art Association (our previous organization name).

Jacobsen's Photo from Digital Minot

Photo from Digital Minot

Do you have favorite museum in your area?


Filed under Special Events

My Main Street – Main Street Books

Main Street Books Store Front

Main Street Books
106 South Main Street
Minot, ND 58701

Monday to Friday – 10am to 6pm

Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Sunday – Noon to 4pm

Extended hours during the holidays

Connect with Main Street Books on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Main Street Books and owner Val Stadick

Main Street Books opened on March 27, 2006, by owner Val Stadick. Val was born in Minot, North Dakota and moved to California in 1960 when she was just one year old. She moved back to North Dakota about 20 years ago. Val logo[1]graduated from Minot State University in 1999 with a B.A. in English and minor in Business Administration. She wrote grants and worked as coordinator for ReStore for five years prior to opening the bookstore.

Val has three kids and six grandchildren. She likes to run, she reads (of course!), and wishes to someday write.

Main Street Books is a local, independent bookseller that specializes in new and used books and a wonderful collection of children’s educational, classic, and fun toys.

where's waldoSpecial Events
Main Street Books is offering their first-ever book clubs for kids this summer and has at least one monthly themed children’s event. Also during  the summer, they have two children’s story times on Fridays at 10 am and 11 am.

Sundays are BOGO used books, and they offer a frequent buyer program on books. Main Street Books tracks your books purchased, and when you reach ten, you get a credit for 10% of what you spent – it’s like getting a free book. In July, they sponsor a month-long “Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt” in which 25 other local businesses participate. FUN FUN FUN!


Before it was Main Street BooksMain Street Books IMAG0070
Years ago, the store housed Jay’s Men’s Store, around the 60s and 70s. After that it was Mr. Wish Gift Shop. The building was renovated right before Val and Main Street Books moved in. Renovations brought back the original hardwood floors and the original brick walls were exposed.


Main Street, Minot

Main Street, Minot

Do you have a favorite, local, independent book store?


Filed under Special Events

Main Street Celebration – Minot, North Dakota

historic main street from central ave

My Main Street, Minot, North Dakota

All this week, I celebrate Main Street. Features on the blog will highlight businesses along Main Street, Minot, and will include –

Main Street Books

Taube Museum

10 North Main

Margie’s Art Glass


About Minot

Founded: 1886, during the construction of the Great Northern Railway. Minot is also called “Magic City,” commemorating its extraordinary growth in a short time.

The town was named after Henry D. Minot, a railroad investor.

The city was incorporated on June 28, 1887.

Minot is the fourth largest city in the state. 2010 census put us at 40K+ people. In 2012, the Minot Area Development Corporation estimated between 46,000 and 47,000 permanent residents within city limits.

I am proud to say that my son (active duty – Air Force) and my daughter-in-law (Air National Guard) both serve at the Minot Air Force Base.



Well, y’all have heard me complain about the winters, and don’t get me started on the flood of 2011. But record temps have gone over the 100 mark in the summer. Record lows (I think we saw them last winter) reach into the -50s with a brutal wind chill.

According to Agriculture in the Classroom  –

“North Dakota weather can be extreme! The state’s highest temperature reading – 121 degrees – and all-time low reading – 60 below zero – were recorded less than six months apart in the same year, 1936!”


Spring wheat, durum, barley, sunflowers, flaxseed, canola, sugar beets, potatoes, oats, and others. If you ever eat spaghetti, chances are you are eating North Dakota durum.

On four legs

Recent estimates maintain that there are nearly two million head of cattle, over 160,000 pigs, and almost 90,000 sheep in North Dakota. So, thank a farmer.

State flora, fauna

Our State Bird: Western Meadowlark

The Peace Tower at the International Peace Garden

The Peace Tower at the International Peace Garden

Our State Tree: American Elm

Our State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose


Peace Garden State.

Click the link to see more about our beautiful International Peace Garden.

Geographical Center of North America

Rugby, North Dakota, is the geographical center of North America! Bet you didn’t know that. For more info., see Rugby, North Dakota.


North Dakota’s motto, “Strength from the Soil,” appears on the state’s coat of arms and governor’s flag.


Opening photo courtesy Old Photos.


Does your town have special events planned for the 4th of July?

Do you know your state’s motto, tree, flower, and bird?


Filed under Special Events

Refresh, renew, relax

At Lake Sakakawea State Park

About a week ago, I saw a beautiful picture on a North Dakota travel site of the sailboats at Lake Sakakawea State Park. For some reason, I felt like I had to go see for myself.

So I polished off my boogie shoes and went.

I got up early for my adventure day, made coffee, quickie shower, packed the cooler, and away!

I didn’t even check my email before I left.

I could tell you I thought writerly thoughts all day. Or that I took notes. Or that I worked out a character or a scene. Nope. Can’t lie to you.

I hardly had a writerly thought all day. I just hiked, strolled, sat, watched the birds and butterflies, took pictures, and chatted with strangers along the way.

Outside Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Cole Harbor, ND

At Lake Sakakawea

At Lake Sakakawea

Student Artwork at the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, ND

At Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

For more information on the state parks – www.NDparks.com, www.fws.gov/audubon.

Pictures featured – all mine.


When is the last time you took a REAL day off? When is the last time you toured a peaceful spot in your neighborhood, state, or country? What cool stuff have you seen in your neighborhood or state recently?


Filed under Personal Articles, Social Networking, Special Events

North Dakota Week – Stacy VanDyck Photography

Article by Stacy VanDyck

Before I begin, I want to thank all of my friends and fans who have supported me as I grow in my art.

I grew up in California where I met my husband, and I followed him to two other states before arriving here in Minot. I started my business in San Antonio, TX and it really took off for me when moved to Minot, ND in 2009, and I have been enjoying capturing families in their precious moments.

Because of my husband’s job, we will be leaving Minot in 2013. I plan on continuing with my business as we travel from station to station; until then I will continue to capture the lives of those around the Minot, ND area.

At Stacy VanDyck Photography, clients can expect to be free of flashes and extra lights causing uncomfortable squinting. My studio is setup in my home, but I love taking photos outside in any weather – even in the cold if families want snow pictures.

I use all natural-light when shooting pictures. I find natural-light more comfortable for my clients who are mostly newborns, children, and families.

After each session, clients are given a personal link to view and to share their images with whomever they choose.

For detailed information about pricing and products, you can check out my website. You can also find me on Facebook and blogspot.

Stacy VanDyck

1 Comment

Filed under Guest Writers & Bloggers, Kid Stuff & Children's Books, Special Events

North Dakota Week – My Lil Britches Photography

The Zettler Family

Article by Jeanita Kennedy

I was born on a Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona in 1983 to a single mother of three. The closest town was 45 miles away so mom, an emergency medical technician, had to travel and live away from us. We were raised by our grandparents. Life was very simple; we had very little. I can’t describe just how much my grandparents meant to me. These were wonderful years in my life.

We had no “media,” just a small radio that my grandpa would listen to and to connect us to the news of the world. We’d go to school, come home, and play in the dirt. My grandma was old school, so I learned to cook and clean at a very young age and was lectured about the role of being a woman.

Growing up on the reservation we had few pictures and few people owned cameras. There are few pictures of me as a child. We didn’t get lots of pictures like parents do now for newborns, at Christmas, for one-year pictures, or Easter.

Later, mom met my step-dad when I was about 12 years old. Then we were a family of eight. My step-dad was a bull-rider, so that is when I started to rodeo. I spent all my teen years around horses.

My mom is a very determined woman, and my step-dad is a worker. So they taught me about work ethics. One thing I remember my step-dad saying is, “If you want something you work for it, don’t just wish.” I remember my mom saying, “You do it right the first time or you’ll do it again the second time wishing you did it right the first time!”

The Chancellor Family

Leaving home for the Air Force was a most difficult time – grandma had been diagnosed with cancer and the news was not good. I was so afraid that my grandpa would be alone. Grandpa passed away two weeks later.  They passed away within two weeks of each other. What an amazing love they had for one another.

I was in the Air Force from 2002-2006. I loved being in the Air Force – I’ve meet many wonderful people that have become long life friends,  been around the world three times, achieved many awards, and had many experiences not everyone can have. Within those years, I met my husband Steven and had my wonderful daughter, Gracy.

In 2009, with another baby on the way, we finally decided to leave Las Vegas agreeing that it was not the best place to raise a family. Steve became part of the Air National Guard of North Dakota, and we moved to Minot in 2010.

For Christmas that year, Steven bought me my first DLSR Nikon 3100. A couple months of playing around with it, I wanted to know more and do more with it, so I researched and researched. I didn’t go to school for photography; I am pretty much self taught.

The Zobel Family

Before I opened my photo business, I struggled about what to do in life. I knew I wanted to help kids, and being a stay-at-home mom was my priority. While I was in the military, I had to leave Gracy two different times. The first time I was deployed, Gracy was just three months old, and I cried for a week straight in my tent in Baghdad. Then in 2006, I had to deploy again for six months. When I had Hailey, I knew I wanted to stay with her from day one, it felt like I was given a second chance. And I love being a stay at home mom.

Starting my own business meant setting my own hours and doing it from out of my own home – it didn’t sound like a bad idea at all. I knew one of my callings was to work with and help children. So I decide to donate a portion of my profit to a variety of organizations that helped children, like the Northern Plains Children Advocacy Center, the March of Dimes, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital this month. I also offered photo sessions to be auctioned off for the Bosom Buddies of Minot for the March of Dimes.

My number one inspiration is capturing that smile for the parents. My local inspiration is Nelly from Nelly Hernandez Photography and Stacy from Stacy VanDyck Photography. I am inspired by their amazing talent and creativity. They established a style of their own and built their businesses with hard work.

Coming from a very poor community, having pictures was rare – we couldn’t afford them. So I try to keep my prices affordable, in line with the budgets of struggling families.

Since I opened my business in August of 2011, I’ve learned so much, and I hope to continue to learn.

See more of Jeanita’s photos at the My Lil Britches Photography website and connect with Jeanita on Facebook.


Filed under Guest Writers & Bloggers, Kid Stuff & Children's Books, Special Events