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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke addresses 1,600 delegates at the North Dakota Republican convention in Grand Forks on April 7. 

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“I hope this program lasts a good long time yet because there’s certainly plenty of voids underneath our roads.”

-- Randy Christmann, chairman of the Public Service Commission, on funding for the Abandoned Mine Land program.

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“I’m very, very pleased. There’s a lot of positives to getting all the parties involved.”

-- Williston Area Builders Association President Mike Dolbec, of Windsong Custom Homes, after builders, landowners, bankers, Realtors, an appraiser, city officials and a state senator met in Williston to discuss housing issues.

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“I’ve always felt that the person who enjoys his job never works a day in his life, and I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve been in a job where every position I've had, I’ve liked, every person I’ve worked for or worked with, I think they’ve all had the best interest of the city at heart.”

-- Sgt. Mark Buschena, of the Bismarck Police Department, announcing his retirement, effective June 1.

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“It’s that stability, that diversity, it’s the opportunity that’s available here in Bismarck-Mandan for employers and employees.”

-- Brian Ritter, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association, on why he’s optimistic about the Bismarck-Mandan economy.

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"It's something that I feel is very good for me to be open about, but also good for others. I can help others too  ... I know people have reached out to me and have said, ‘Your openness has really helped me get in to get some help.’ "

-- North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, addressing the Republican State Convention after being nominated for another term in office. He has been candid about his struggle with alcohol addiction.

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"The secretary of state has a voice, and in my travels around the districts, I found we need a voice in the Secretary of State's Office that makes it very clear to everyone in the state that we cannot have elections without integrity and without voter ID."

-- Mandan businessman Will Gardner, addressing the North Dakota Republican convention. He was endorsed to run for secretary of state.

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"Yes, I don't have a campaign website. I'm not a techie. I don't have to be a techie. There is a lot more to this office."

-- Secretary of State Al Jaeger, speaking to the Republican convention. The longtime officeholder lost the nomination to Will Gardner.

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"This election is not really about Sen. Heitkamp or me. It's about the direction of the nation and the soul of the United States Senate. There's much more at stake in November, including the balance of power in that once-great chamber.... One vote could sway these important issues to a liberal philosophy that favors big government and vast entitlement programs."

-- Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. He’ll challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

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“Who can be against lower taxes? Well you know who’s against lower taxes.”

-- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaking to the Republican convention and referring to the Republican-backed tax law that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp voted against.

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