"It's definitely a community effort. For this to be successful, everyone needs to come together and work together."

— Kate Brovold, founder of Austin's Mission, a planned shelter for homeless individuals with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, on the need to find a replacement men’s shelter for the Ruth Meiers shelter.

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"We're really very thrilled with the quality of the candidate pool."

 Jodi Uecker, chairwoman of the search committee for a Land Board commissioner.

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"I had actually unfortunately made two poor decisions: One was to drink, and the second, of course, was the fact that I drove."

 North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, announcing he will plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol after being arrested late last month in Mandan.

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"We've come a long way from what that perception was. It's not something that gets someone high. It's (something) that puts someone into instant withdrawal."

 Pamela Sagness, director of the Behavioral Health Division at the state Department of Human Services, explaining the benefits of naloxone.

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"It just seems like there's a general trend in government that used to be very much in favor of transparency now isn't."

 Jack McDonald, attorney for the North Dakota Newspaper Association, on a "general tightening" of government meetings and records this year, a pattern highlighted by reporters being kept out of recent summits on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

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"At some point someone has to say no. Think about senior citizens when you say it's just $3."

 Foster Ray Hager, of Washburn, opposing a proposed natural gas rate increase by Montana-Dakota Utilities during a Public Service Commission hearing.

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"This is my way of giving animals a voice."

 Sam Sprynczynatyk, Bismarck, who is making a documentary on the lives of farm animals and the similarities between them and pets.

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"My goal is to get to as many students as possible, but especially the high school students, because I talk about my eating disorder, I talk about me being bullied, and I also talk about my depression, my anxiety and my suicidal ideations. I let them know it's OK to have those struggles."

 Miss North Dakota Lizzie Jensen, Fargo, on her mission to spread awareness of bullying and mental health.

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"Given the Dakota Access Pipeline's imminent threat to my tribe's and my family's only water supply, I ultimately had no choice but to resist on the front lines. Pipelines spill all too often, and our efforts to stop DAPL's construction were thwarted by President Trump's illegal intervention to cancel the environmental impact statement that the Army Corps of Engineers had decided to prepare."

 Chase Iron Eyes, who faces trial on felony inciting a riot and misdemeanor criminal trespass. He wants to use a necessity defense at his trial and a hearing is set Nov. 3 on his motion.

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"It's all positive. It treats their pain, disability. They automatically become role models. They want to distinguish themselves from their own negative opinion of what an inmate is."

 Jason Kobes, an assistant professor and clinical fieldwork coordinator with the University of Mary's department of exercise physiology, discussing an exercise clinic through U-Mary that works one-on-one with inmates for managing chronic pain, athletic injuries and other ailments.