“It just proves that it doesn't matter where you come from geographically, if you have the ability to do it and you dream it, you can do it."

-- Cara Mund, Bismarck, after being crowned Miss America on Sunday.

‘I said, ‘If Carson Wentz can do, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund can become Miss America.’

-- Cara Mund after winning the Miss America title.

‘We're just shocked. We knew she could do it, but you don't ever think you'll know a Miss America.’

-- Amy Mason, manager of Bismarck's Let's Dance Studio, where Cara Mund has been an instructor and student.

"It's only fitting that after spending so much of her life making others dreams come true, that Cara's own dream was made a reality last night."

-- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate about Cara Mund.

“It was really our No. 1 source of calls that we were getting was royalty owners unable to understand what kind of deductions and why deductions were being made from their royalty payments.”

-- Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.

“I don't know how you make a rule or a law that will accommodate what needs to be done, unless the companies want to follow the rule and the law. If they’re of the attitude, ‘Sue me if you think I’m wrong,’ there’s not much that we’re going to do about it unless some of the most highly invested entities out there, royalty owners like the state of North Dakota and the tribes, unite in ensuring that the laws are adequate and there’s enforcement.”

-- Bob Skarphol, a retired legislator from Tioga, on changes to make oil royalty statements more understandable.

"With Native people making up nearly 9 percent of our student body, and the story and the culture of Native people being such a big part of who we collectively are as a state, this, to me, is the best eyes-on, ears-open opportunity to learn rather than learning from a textbook."

-- Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman discussing youth day at the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow. Every year fourth grade classes from Bismarck and Mandan attend the powwow.

"As (Light of Christ) president Gerald Vetter often states, 'It all started 140 years ago when the Benedictine nuns got off the train. This is a historic time for Catholic education in central North Dakota. I want to thank the thousands of people who have contributed through prayer and generosity ... and especially Ken and Marilyn Keller for their belief in Catholic education."

-- Bishop David Kagan during an announcement that Light of Christ Catholic School's capital campaign has raised enough money to build a new high school.

"One significant way to expand our economy is to support entrepreneurial startups and grow businesses within the state."

-- Jared Stober, entrepreneurship program manager for the Department of Commerce.

"It's a very competitive market."

-- AAA spokesman for North Dakota Gene LaDoucer explaining why gas prices are lower in Fargo.

"The new FootGolf course was a blast. The kids had fun with it because it gave them a target to kick the ball towards, rather than just dribbling around the backyard. The holes playing down the fairways were especially fun because the ball would roll forever.”

-- Michael Jochim, Bismarck, who took his family to the Mandan course. FootGolf mixes aspects of soccer and golf.

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