City office--794-3502 or 794-3650

Fax number--794-3509

PO Box 76 Center,ND 58530

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Center is a nice quiet community located in the center of Oliver County, 40 miles NW of Bismarck, ND. It is home to the Oliver County Courthouse, the Hazel Miner Memorial, a museum, a Historical Society, and the newly erected monument to the Veterans of our Military.

The city of Center is unique in that it is the only incorporated city in Oliver County. Center has a population of approximately 678. It has one school, K-12, home of the Center Wildcats. It also is home to an indoor Jr. Olympic size pool that is open year round, a grass greens golf course, and several parks with camping available.

The City of Center celebrated its 100th birthday in 2002. Commemorative plates, belt buckles, playing cards, cups, pins, caps, t-shirts, and polo shirts are available at the city office.

Other areas of interest in Oliver County are the Cross Ranch State Park and Nelson Lake. Cross Ranch is located about 15 miles NE of Center. Nelson Lake, located 5 miles SE of Center is the only lake in ND that doesn't freeze in the winter due to the water being warmed by the power plant and due to this factor many big bass are caught here.

Just to the SE of Center are the BNI Coal Company and Minnkota Power Plant. Tours of these facilities are available and it is very interesting to see the size of equipment that is used in the surface mine and then to see where the coal is processed.