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Janessa Vogel, administrator at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem, talks about the challenges the small nursing home has maintaining a full nursing staff with competitive pay during a press conference last month in Bismarck by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. 

"If we as a state decide to spend all of the earnings, if we set that precedent, we are likely to continue to spend all of the earnings for years to come."

-- Attorney Bob Harms, a member of the North Dakota Legacy Committee, warning that the state should wisely spend money from the Legacy Fund.

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"What happened most of the time is I would be treated way differently than the control tester."

-- Rebel Marie, on a recent study by the High Plains Fair Housing Council that shows transgender people are experiencing high levels of discrimination when seeking housing in North Dakota. Marie is a transgender woman from Fargo who coordinated the testing.

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"The signals I'm hearing from industry is they're going to slow investment through the first quarter of next year to some extent. Our anticipation is that we plateau or we see much slower growth in production from now until April or May.

-- Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, on the oil production outlook for North Dakota.

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"It's not looking too good. On Christmas Day itself, there's a slight chance of snow, but right now the accumulations are very, very minimal. Probably a dusting at most."

-- Meteorologist Patrick Ayd, on the likelihood of a brown Christmas.

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"If you walk around the outside ... we've had walls shifting. In a building that's 60, 70 years old, things shouldn't be moving the way they are right now."

-- Ryan Lagasse, business manager for Mandan Public Schools, on structural integrity concerns at Mandan High School.

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"(One percent) is a beginning point, but it's not enough to deliver the resident care that we believe that we need to deliver and that, most importantly, every single resident in our care deserves."

-- Shelly Peterson, president of the North Dakota Long-Term Care Association, arguing that Gov. Doug Burgum’s funding proposal for nursing homes isn’t sufficient.

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"We appreciate USDA and the administration for working with us and heeding our call to provide this assistance to farmers and ranchers. Although we have made recent progress, including the soybean purchase from China and securing a new free agreement with Canada and Mexico, times are tough in farm country. Trade assistance and the recently passed farm bill provide much-needed certainty for our agriculture producers as these negotiations continue."

-- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on the second round of aid payments to farmers and ranchers.

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"I definitely view it as an infringement."

-- Cody Schuh, owner of Shooter's Inc. in Bismarck, on the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns.

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"It's as important of infrastructure as anything we're doing. It's just what you need for this 21st century infrastructure."

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, on his proposal for $174 million in 24 information technology projects for 19 state agencies, ranging from voter security to health care to a new driver's license system.

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"Frankly, books are passé, much as I hate to say it."

-- North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, on a plan for a shift in favor of electronic resources.

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"It's not your standard apartment complex. No one unit is the same -- they're all different. We need people to be able to see it ... to see what's been kept and transformed into what you'd want from a modern apartment."

-- Brianna McAleer, a regional manager of MetroPlains Management LLC, on the apartments at the former Mandan junior high school.

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