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My Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

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

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Mandi Carroll
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Over the past few years restaurants and unique art and clothing stores have opened downtown. I can't get enough of the Walrus Restaurant's delicious tomato basil soup. The booths there are cozy and close together—we often find ourselves talking to people at other tables. One World sells jewelry, statues, and other keepsakes from various countries. Once we all bought bindis [forehead decorations] there for a cultural event; it was a fun coincidence since we adopted our daughter Shiny from India.

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