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Walker Wadkins gives an animated account of how he survived a 25-hour ordeal lost in a snowstorm in the North Dakota Badlands near Medora on March 19.

"When I did pray, right afterwards I'd get this amazing feeling of peace, warmth, comfort. I trusted in God and the little bit of skills and the bare necessities that I had out there that I was going to be OK."

-- Walker Wadkins, on what he did after he got caught in a snowstorm and lost in the Badlands.

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"Strong customer demand is the driver for this initiative."

-- Dan Sutherland, Alliance Pipeline vice president for commercial operations, on plans to expand a natural gas transmission pipeline that runs through North Dakota.

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"I think our community is reflected by those who are unable to do for themselves, and this does not look good. It makes Bismarck look really bad."

-- Sheryl Stradinger, the mother of two daughters with disabilities, discussing changes made by the Bis-Man Transit system that left some users without service.

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"It was something that I wanted to do for a while, and when I finally turned 18 I started taking initiative and things started falling into place, so it was really satisfying to finally sign my name (on the house)."

-- Jared Lipp, 18, who purchased a single-family home near the Mandan Municipal Golf Course.

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"Anybody that thinks this is funny and thinks that they might want to try doing something like this, we'll find out. We'll track this down and we'll identify, and, as much as we can (under) the law, hold them accountable."

-- Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin, on the recent bomb threats to Legacy High School.

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"We hire kids who grow up here and they stay. We create an environment that allows young people to pursue a fast-paced technical career where they live."

-- CEO Vern Dosch, on National Information Solutions Cooperative expanding and adding jobs.

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"It will be an incredible opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders doing similar work on a global scale."

-- Janelle Hartford, organizer of Bismarck-Mandan's 1 Million Cups weekly entrepreneurs event, on attending the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Istanbul.

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"We're the only ones out here, and the community is growing. By doing this here, it's really distinguishing us … We're not competing with anyone out here. I think the people of Lincoln will support a microbrewery in their city."

-- David Duma, who will operate a microbrewery in Lincoln called Gideon’s Brewing.

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"We need to make Bismarck a better place to live and a destination for things like shopping, medical care and fun."

-- Ron Knutson, who is developing a 30,000-square-foot surgery center for Bismarck Surgical Associates. The mixed-use development will be in north Bismarck.

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"I think that this is quite in line with what the legislators had told us during the administrative rules hearing. They also agreed that corporate farming did not apply to (compassion centers)."

-- Mylynn Tufte, state health officer, reacting to an opinion by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem that companies applying to grow or distribute medical marijuana don’t fall under the state’s corporate farming law.

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"In general, newspapers are more effective and a more useful medium than government websites to provide this information to the general public."

-- Steve Andrist, North Dakota Newspaper Association executive director, during testimony on a bill draft that would allow North Dakota county governments to publish their meetings minutes on their websites rather than in the official local newspapers.

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"They always tell you to pursue a career in what makes you happy, and for me that would be music. I've had such great band directors over the years that I would love to be able to do what they have done."

-- Katie Cermak, a Mandan High School junior. The Mandan High band has been selected as the 2017-18 Governor's Official State Band and Chorus.

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