"Stay away from fancy talkers that are in the oil and gas business."

-- U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, giving advice to Nathan Garber, 48, Kalispell, Mont., who he sentenced Monday to serve three years of supervised release after Garber pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, conspiracy and aiding and abetting in the concealment of the crimes.

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"We need a facility where we can appropriately and with heartfelt delivery systems deal with intoxication management. That is not what's happening now."

-- Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, suggesting Bismarck needs an intoxication facility along with a men’s homeless shelter.

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"If we had an allocation for operation and maintenance for a new park, then we would welcome volunteer efforts to help with development of this park. However, without that, we have no way to provide the resource management or service for public health and safety that a park requires."

-- State Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Kristin Byram, explaining that funding will be needed for a new Missouri River Day Park before volunteer work can be accepted for the site.

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"We were the only park that didn't want money. For the time being, we're perfectly happy to have no development, that it's just being left alone ... Don't be in a rush to develop it. We're perfectly content to wait."

-- Mylo Candee, of Bismarck, past leader of a loose "posse" of people who supported the day park, on their willingness to wait for funding.

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"People are now willing to venture outside their comfort zone to try something local."

-- Jordan Everaert, on the growing interest in Bismarck-Mandan in microbreweries.

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"For students trying to pick a career path out of high school ... the word travels there are opportunities out there in the skilled trades and there are companies in the community that want to hire them. There are a lot of students that want to stay here and it gives them an opportunity to make their home here."

-- Dave Mozingo, head of Bismarck State College's welding department.

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"We were (in the NICU) for much of that three months, and you know, this is part of us giving back for the care that she got. We kind of took it as a sign that we're meant to do something."

-- Claudia Thompson, explaining why she and her husband, Mark, donated $500,000 in 2016 to Sanford Health in Bismarck for its NICU. Their granddaughter required months of treatment after her birth.

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"Another positive from the drought has been it has allowed us to do more projects with (private landowners), such as some of the wetlands restoration work, just because the wetlands are now dry."

-- Neil Shook, Chase Lake NWR project leader, on some benefits from the drought.

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"We throw 50,000 people every day into an intersection and ask them to not hit each other. We're ultimately trying to make it as safe as we can."

-- Bismarck city engineer Gabe Schell, on the difficulty of making intersections safe.

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"The discussion that legislators flee, or get out of the way when he comes because they do not want to interface, I've seen that over and over again."

-- Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, saying legislators avoided North Dakota University System  Chancellor Mark Hagerott because he was so focused on cybersecurity.

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