Lignite, North Dakota was founded in 1907. It received it's name from the coal mined in the area. It is a friendly community located 7 miles south of the Canadian border.

Residents are mainly of Scandinavian and Northern European decent. Many of the community earn their living in the agriculture and petroleum industry along with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Lignite is proud to be the first town in North Dakota to have an oil well drilled within city limits.

The city is goverend by a city council form of government: mayor, auditor, and four council members. We have a consolidated school district, being joined by Portal (7 miles north), Flaxton (9 miles east), and Columbus (11 miles west).

The atmosphere is friendly and accommodates our needs. It is a safe place for all of us and our families, which makes us very grateful to the community.