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"If everything's working properly, it probably is not a threat to the aquifer. The problem is if there's a breach."

— Jim Talbert, planning and zoning director for McKenzie County, on a proposed oilfield waste facility that would involve injecting a mixture of solid and liquid waste underground.

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"It's a true community effort."

—  Jim Barnhardt, a member of New Song Church in Bismarck, on a community Thanksgiving dinner held in Bismarck.

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"I think that every school wants to have that teacher in-house, wants the students to be in front of a teacher. If you can't find one, you have to go to Plan B, and that was our Plan B to get through the fall semester. So far, it's worked well."

—  Brian Christopherson, Medina superintendent, on using online classes when the school is unable to fill teaching vacancies.

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"Downtown development opportunities now require more data to be successful."

—  Kate Herzog, of the Downtowners, on forming the Downtown Bismarck Partnership to fund and assist in talent attraction and retention efforts and larger downtown economic development projects.

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"We feel it's the perfect fit for the airport and corporate travel."

—  Brett Erdmann, president of New Leaf Hospitality, on plans for a hotel and restaurant at the corner of Airport Road and University Drive.

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"The crimes and the acts of war that occurred a year ago today is why we're commemorating today and we're putting forth the petition for dismissal of the additional charges that people are facing in the court system."

—  Phyllis Young, on a petition asking Morton County to drop all charges against defendants charged during the Dakota Access protests.

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"We're waiting for what moisture winter brings us. Very important along with that is, how does it come off in the spring?"

—  National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag, on how 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry.

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"I feel very honored to be chosen. I look back, I was the first woman who was sergeant, who was lieutenant, who was deputy chief, so it's been a lot of firsts."

—  Lori Flaten, on being named Mandan's first female deputy chief of police.

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"The kids we care for don't have a home. We try to dig deeper into what brought them to foster care and help them become contributing members to society. We, basically, are their family.”

—  Rhonda Styles-Rohde, director of marketing and communications for Charles Hall Youth Services.

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"This decision opens up a whole new bag of issues that we can raise."

—  Ken Winston, an attorney representing environmental groups that have long opposed the Keystone XL oil pipeline, after Nebraska regulators on Monday approved a route through the state.

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"I might have to board up the windows and walk away."

—  Lisa Christianson, owner of the Alley Cat Lounge in Parshall, after a new sales tax dried up alcohol sales on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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