With fond memories of visiting as a child, Becky Jones Mahlum settled in the state capital, where she and her family explore museums and celebrate the town's rich culture at an annual Native American festival.
By Caren Oppenheim
Bismarck, North Dakota
Fun fact: On February 17, 2007, the still-standing world record for the most snow angels made at one time was set by 8,962 people on the Capitol Grounds.
Our Bismarck Family: Becky Jones Mahlum and her husband, Mike, with Shiny, 15, and Sedalia, 12 (Johan, 18, not pictured)
I grew up 200 miles from Bismarck, but since my dad was a state legislator we spent a good deal of time here when I was a kid. It was easy moving to the city for a job as a TV reporter after college since I was familiar with the area. Mike was working for the state in energy conservation when we met through my sister. The top-notch schools and friendliness of locals were the deciding factors in our decision to raise our family here.