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Charlie

Charlie is a bobcat hybrid bred from a bobcat father and a pixie-bob mother. 

"We just don't think it's good precedent for a governor or actually any agency head to not take their salary because the next person that might run for that position might feel pressured to not take their salary as well. We want to make sure that everybody, no matter what their income and their wealth status may be, feels like they can afford to run for an office."

-- Rep. David Monson, R-Osnabrock, after a House subcommittee struck out a Senate provision that allowed first-term Republican Gov. Doug Burgum to not accept his salary.

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"I don't keep anything. I delete it the minute I've responded ... I've been doing it for four years."

— Burleigh County Commissioner Kathleen Jones at a recent commission meeting. Commissioners learned the law requires them to keep correspondence related to county affairs, such as letters or emails, for three years.

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"It'll wake you up in the middle of the night. It carries. He's so loud when he meows, it's crazy."

-- Brandon Charvat, who runs Mandan Sporting Goods, discussing Charlie, the family’s feline hybrid from a bobcat and a pixie-bob, another sort of hybrid.

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"The Family Engagement Cabinet members will decide what is important and they will share their ideas and opinions with me, so we can help translate that into North Dakota public policy."

-- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, announcing the formation of a cabinet of parents, guardians and family members of North Dakota students to provide advice to the Department of Public Instruction.

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"We're desperate for storage space and space for people."

-- Bruce Strinden, chairman of the Morton County Commission, on the need to remodel the former Morton County jail.

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"Not only did we lose an owner and irreplaceable employees, we lost sons, a daughter, husbands, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, grandmother, sister, loving wife, mother and some of our closest friends."

— Jackie Fakler, RJR Maintenance & Management owner, paying tribute to her husband and three others killed last week at the business in Mandan.

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"We live in a great community and when adversity strikes, we all come together and that is shown by the support that we have seen in this community all week."

— Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling, reflecting on the community help the police received while investigating the four murders.

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"That's a big shock. It kind of gives you an uncomfortable feeling. I trusted him."

-- McLean County Sheriff's Detective Justin Krohmer, on the discovery that a suspect in the Mandan murders worked and lived in Washburn.

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"It's horror. It's evil in a way that really impacts you more so than normal. There's no way it doesn't impact you. There's things you can't unsee."

-- The Rev. Bruce Prentice, a chaplain for the Mandan Police Department, on the difficulty of dealing with a crime scene.

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