"Anyone who would threaten our nation should know that America always seeks peace, but if we are forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming."

— Vice President Mike Pence, in a speech at the Minot Air Force Base.

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"If you get the order that something is needed to launch an aircraft, we're ready. There's no heightened security for us or heightened awareness, we're always ready."

 Senior Airman Hayley Prato, at the Minot Air Force Base.

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"I'm just pleading for these crime victims and for their families. They should know where these cases are. They should know that someone is still looking for a loved one. They should know that someone is still looking for a perpetrator. And they don't, and there's nowhere to turn."

 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., urging the Department of Justice to prioritize investigations of missing and murdered Native American women.

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"Having worked for three governors and through 13 legislative sessions, I've seen a lot of changes in state government, and I'm optimistic about the future of North Dakota with the great team we have in place at OMB. I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve the state of North Dakota and its citizens over the course of my career."

Pam Sharp, director of the Office of Management and Budget, who has announced her retirement effective Nov. 30.

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"She was a hell of a director. Just a class act, and she'll be hard to replace."

 Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, discussing Pam Sharp.

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"When we terminate programs, we do give some kind of severance package. But I thought the amount was improper."

 Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, commenting on the severance packages given to employees of BreatheND.

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"Especially for Lutherans, the Reformation is the beginning of our church."

 The Rev. Paul Schauer, of Sunne Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilton, prior to Sunday’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

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"We didn't have sleeping bags or nothing, so we were just laying on the ground."

 Dean Decent, discussing how he and Beau Azure slept in a park after the Ruth Meiers men’s shelter closed.

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"It's something that's been here from day one and now it's not. It was part of the fabric of Medora."

 Ed Schafer, after the wind took the top off the "hanging tree" in front of the Medora post office. The cottonwood was one of the oldest trees in town.

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"The building has absolutely gorgeous timbers and exposed brick. As you get to the top floor you can see all the timbers in the roof."

 Rolf Eggers, discussing the Anderson Building on West Main Avenue that he is renovating.