Well, I just got back from going out there to find housing and maybe I can help out some other people who are considering Minot for work. The other big thread on Minot is full of panicky handwringing about the lack of housing etc etc.
I'm from coastal California so I guess high rents aren't that scary to me, but I found a nice 2 bedroom apartment that is pet friendly for $800 a month, utilities paid except electricity. I can either rent that other room out or use it as a study or (more likely) just put empty boxes in there and pretend it doesn't exist.
This winter is apparently very mild for North Dakota, when I was there it was about 40 degrees during the day, down to about 18 degrees at night. I think once spring comes, it will actually be kind of a pretty area. It seems to have lots of rivers, wetlands, lakes...I saw some cool birds and a badger! I hope there's good hiking and stuff, I think there probably is.
The town itself, from what I saw, isn't exactly New Orleans or San Francisco in terms of having a distinctive character. Lots of chain restaurants but again I am sure there is some cool stuff there that I intend to find when I move out there for keeps.
The hospital seems really nice! I don't formally start for about a month so I didn't really want to interrupt anyone ("Hi, I'm Burtis, I'll be working here in a month... well, see ya" would seem kinda awkward) but all the employees I saw seemed happy, the building was full of light with lots of windows, and I just got the impression it was a really good facility.
If anyone cares, I can continue updating this thread once I'm out there for keeps (or at least 2 years) much like DatMurse has done with his Bismarck thread.