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Brittany Babel, cake decorator at Dan's Supermarkets in Bismarck, shows off a large gingerbread house she and other bakery employees have constructed. The elaborate gingerbread house is displayed each year during Christmas at the Dan's Supermarkets location on Turnpike Avenue in west Bismarck.

"It puts you within the boundaries of the law, but it doesn't sit well with folks. It looks like you're just barely skirting the siting requirements."

-- Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, on Meridian Energy’s plans not to apply for a siting permit for a proposed refinery. The company isn’t required to do so under the law.

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"We believe the partnership has the potential to make a much greater improvement on the available woody habitat of North Dakota than any single project alone."

-- Todd Kelvington, environmental compliance supervisor for Oneok, on the Planting for the Future project that intends to plant 55,000 trees.

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"We need to be attracting capital and investment now to have the processing capacity."

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, chairman of the state Industrial Commission, on steps needed to reduce flaring.

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"District 47 will have a very strong Republican candidate, and I assume the Democrats will also put forth a strong candidate."

-- Sen. Ralph Kilzer, R-Bismarck, announcing his retirement from the Legislature.

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"Christmas is a special time, a time of family and hope. As a builder, there is more to building a community than constructing walls and roofs. You have to build hope."

-- Wade Vogel, owner of Premier Homes, who donated Christmas trees to 50 families.

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"We're giving them the benefit of the doubt that they're going to be able to do what they say they're going to do."

-- Transit Executive Director Roy Rickert, on the Lincoln City Council’s plans to provide funding for transit service.

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"It's historic because it's become a part of my people's narrative."

-- Dakota Goodhouse, a Native American scholar and a Lakota, on the importance of the old railroad bridge over the Missouri River.

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"I really want to help those people who have had those rough Christmases or don't have a place to go."

-- Chris Chase, ministry leader for the Celebrate Recovery program offered at McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck.

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"The secret in that situation is to adapt."

-- Juan Duran, on his family’s move from Puerto Rico to Mandan.

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"A lot of people walking by want to know if it's real."

-- Brittany Babel, a cake decorator at Dan's Supermarket, 1190 W. Turnpike Ave., on a large gingerbread house she helped create.

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"It is just horrifying that human beings can do this to human beings and continue to do so in 2017. As one person pointed out in a planning meeting (for the vigil), right now it's Libya in the news, but in a couple weeks it will probably be another place; (people) are suffering all over the world."

-- United Christ of Church Rev. Gretchen Deeg, on a vigil held to call attention to refugees being sold into slavery in Libya.

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