Miss America

Newly-crowned Miss America 2018 Cara Mund poses for photographers on the 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building on Sept. 12 in New York.

Mary Altaffer, AP

"It is a call to action. To ask our North Dakota delegation for specific things that could help to decrease these numbers, and that would help in some cases ensure justice occurs when individuals are murdered."

— Leander "Russ" McDonald, president of United Tribes Technical College, on a letter sent to the North Dakota congressional delegation by North Dakota tribes asking for action in the wake of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s murder.

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"The refiners are finding value in running these light, sweet crude barrels. They're easier to process and they have a higher yield of the products that have been in demand since the storm, gasolines and diesel fuels."

 Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, on the demand for North Dakota oil after Hurricane Harvey.

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"That's pretty cool for Bismarck, for Century High School. My buddy was calling me the other night when she won and he was like 'You're old news now in Bismarck.' So that's pretty cool."

 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, reacting to Cara Mund being selected Miss America. Both attended Century High School.

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"I really felt last night that there's an opportunity to do some good bipartisan work. If I didn't think I was getting things done, I don't know that I'd want to stay here."

 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., on her decision to seek another term in the U.S. Senate.

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"I get to make both miracles happen and wishes come true."

 Cara Mund, Bismarck, the new Miss America, who will use her reign to support the Children's Miracle Network.

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"As far as specializing, I assume people are intimidated by huge spaces. Being a former billboard painter, I'm not. I'm an artist that's willing to do it."

 Melissa Gordon, who painted a 150-foot-long, 15-foot-high mural in downtown Bismarck.

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"I've got dirty gloves on my hands, I'm hot ... and I get this email, and I stop to read it, and it just, the light just came out. It just made such a difference."

 Kathleen Baldwin-Bruysschaard, Dickinson, Texas, on learning the Dickinson High School Honor Society in Dickinson, N.D., was raising money for the Texas school damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

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"The current educational system that we have today ... is really at a crossroads. We're faced with both an unprecedented set of challenges, in terms of how education is delivered, but we're faced with even a greater set of opportunities to really transform how we change our educational system and our approaches to meet the needs of the 21st century economy."

— Gov. Doug Burgum, announcing a task force to improve public education in North Dakota.

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"Our new normal is — emerging and it is comparable to preoil boom levels. We've been seeing an increase in Bakken activity. Oil production is moderately increasing, and rig counts are going up."

 Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, reacting to an increase in taxable sales. It’s the first increase in eight months.

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"It was everything we wanted for our first restaurant. It just had character."

 Bismarck native Stephanie Miller, who is opening a restaurant at 210 E. Main Ave.

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"I think the world of Grace. She's an amazing woman."

 North Dakota's former Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, on Grace Link, who turned 99 on Sunday.

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