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Eminently quotable: 'The time to bond is now'
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Eminently quotable: 'The time to bond is now'

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"To me, there are major obstacles there, so this is a bridge that's going nowhere."

-- Bismarck Park Board President Julie Jeske, on efforts to save the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge -- which could cost as much as $90 million.

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"As huge of an honor as it is to sit in this seat in this chamber, I don't care one bit if I am ever elected again if it means that I have to discriminate against specific children in law, because that's what this bill does."

-- Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, on a bill restricting transgender girls in K-12 sports.

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"People got very little warning."

-- State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, on rolling blackouts in the Bakken oil patch resulting from a blast of cold in the southern U.S. in February. The blackouts impacted oil and gas production.

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“The time to bond is now.”

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, as he signed a landmark $680 million infrastructure bonding bill.

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“It was an odd year. It’s just not something I’ve seen or the community has seen since we started keeping stats.”

-- Bismarck Police Chief Dave Draovitch, on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on crime in 2020.

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“The North Dakota law flouts the Constitution in an attempt to sneak religion and Christian nationalism into public schools.”

-- The Freedom From Religion Foundation, reacting to a new North Dakota law that allows the Ten Commandments in public schools.

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“We need to start looking at how we could be owners of projects, not the lessors of our land, and get the lion’s share."

-- Former Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, on plans for a wind farm on the reservation.

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“Everybody makes a mistake. This is his first one. If he had a history of it, it’d be a different deal, but he doesn’t have a history of that, and I think folks like us should be willing to give him a break.”

-- House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, after House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Louser was arrested for DUI.

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“It was very powerful -- as we first told folks here at McCabe that, it was raining outside.”

-- Karl Kroger, lead pastor at McCabe United Methodist Church, on launching a communitywide prayer effort aimed at ending the state’s drought.

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"Nation-to-nation consultation is something that we've been wanting and continue to want, but we want meaningful consultation. If it's a listening session where this administration is only going to hear us but not take (us) into serious consideration, then let's call it for what it is."

-- Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Councilman Brandon Mauai, on the importance of the federal government consulting with tribes on projects that affect them.

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“We are blown away, and positively thrilled by the response the ND Sober Ride program received during the initial campaign launch.”

-- State Safety Division Director Karin Mongeon, on a program that aims to reduce drunken driving through ride-hailing vouchers. They helped provide 800 Lyft rides in March.

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“Federal relief dollars have not come close to making up the difference. The MHA Nation can thus not afford further challenges to its ability to get its oil to market.”

-- MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, detailing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on tribal revenue, in comments lobbying for the continued operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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