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Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary announced his intention to seek re-election in the June 2018 city election at a press conference Monday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce office.

"Are we going to be comfortable and continue on the path that we are on, or are we going to be courageous and look at a change?"

-- Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, arguing in favor of Jodi Smith to be commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands. Smith was selected on a 3-2 vote.

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"I think the state sent a pretty clear message that homelessness is not necessarily a priority for them any more,"

-- April Fairfield, executive director for the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, on the Legislature’s decision to cut funding for the North Dakota Homeless Grant through the Department of Commerce from $1.5 million for 2015-17 to $300,000 for 2017-19.

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"There is a lot of work that needs to be done ... work that's already been put into play. And I'm not one to walk away from work that I've started."

-- Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, announcing he’ll seek re-election.

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"We were not going to allow people to sleep out in the cold."

-- Jena Gullo, executive director for Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, on efforts to find a solution for the closing of a men’s shelter.

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"The (Department of Health) has thoughtfully crafted these rules to ensure patient safety, product safety and public safety. The department is committed to a transparent process, and we welcome the public's input on the proposed rules."

-- Mylynn Tufte, a state health officer, after her department submitted rules governing the state's voter-approved medical marijuana program to the state Legislative Council.

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"A lot of people are just shocked. One of the first things I told the judges, I said, do not underestimate me. Just because I come from a smaller state, maybe I didn't have as many girls at my state competition, doesn't mean I don't have those qualities of what it means to be a Miss America."

-- Miss America Cara Mund, during a welcome home event in Bismarck last weekend.

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"I just wanted to cry with them, because, I mean, how can you perform (at school) not knowing if they're alive or not?"

-- Shelley Maluy, an ESL teacher at Mandan High School, on students who have relatives in Puerto Rico.

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"The long-term viability of (Mid Dakota Clinic) is in great danger if we're not able to align with an integrated health system."

-- Dr. Shelly Seifert, Mid Dakota Clinic's board chairwoman, in testimony at a court hearing in an antitrust case filed by the Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota Attorney General to stop the clinic from merging with Sanford Health.

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"I don't believe it's the right thing to do. It's healthy (for patients) to have the right to choose ... If you remove competition, you're doing a disservice."

-- Dr. Janice Bury, an OB-GYN at Mid Dakota's Women's Health Center, in testimony opposing a merger of Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic.

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"From what I've seen, the students are interested. They're enthusiastic and I think we're going to get a good group out of this class."

-- Wayne Houston, the McClusky Ambulance's senior EMT and district secretary treasurer, on students in an emergency medical technician class.

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"We've all got a vested interest in having a governance model that's designed to meet these needs of this changing economy and the changing needs in our workforce."

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, announcing the creation of a task force to examine the governance structure of North Dakota's higher education system.

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