"I'd rather be ahead of the game than have something happen. I hope we never have to use it.”

-- Duane Johnson, safety and security manager for Bismarck State College, on staff and administrators being trained on the use of Narcan.

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"Your night is lit up like the day. It sounds like a roaring jet engine."

-- Lisa DeVille, president of Fort Berthold POWER, a local affiliate of Dakota Resource Council, on flaring on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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"It isn't fun to raise anybody's taxes. But we're looking at the overall good of the community and trying to do what's right."

-- Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling. On average, Mandan residents can expect to see a 12 percent increase on their tax bills.

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"It's a tremendous opportunity."

-- Bismarck Mandan Development Association President Brian Ritter, on being named president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. He will continue his duties with BMDA as a merger of the two groups is explored.

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"What we do know is that the proposed assessment will cover the entirety of the Williston Basin and that significant geological, geochemical and geophysical information will need to be integrated into the assessment to help ensure its accuracy."

-- Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program, on plans by the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a new resource estimate for the Williston Basin.

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"We've taken in so many blind animals, and their quality of life is just every bit as good as a sighted animal. (Wanda is) getting better, not worse."

-- Alison Smith, owner of Kitty City animal rescue, on a blind pig named Wanda they are giving a second chance at life.

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"This is more than a loss of a dog; this is a loss of a working partner who happened to also go home with Lt. (Chad) Fetzer after every shift. Thank you, Luna and Lt. Fetzer, for your courageous dedication to serving the citizens of Bismarck."

-- A Bismarck Police statement after the death of a K-9, Luna.

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"I'm shocked because he was healthy when we were together. He had no problems with his heart or anything that would cause concern."

-- Kristina Kratz on the death of Mike Lang, 47, who was an inmate at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center when he became ill.

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""The way he carries himself, more importantly off the field, but on the field, I just think he really put the whole state of North Dakota and particularly Bismarck on the map. He's just done such a good job."

-- Stadium Sports Bar owner Scott "Woody" Woodmansee, discussing Carson Wentz.

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"It's a dying art. It does take a lot of work. It's one of those things if you really want to get into it, you've got to put a lot of time into it."

-- Jerome Suchor, on growing Christmas trees in North Dakota. He owns Suchor's Prairie Pines.

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"Based on some early, quick analysis we believe that we will see some revenue reduction. At the state level, we could see some reduced revenue because we have so many people taking the standard deduction, and that's doubling."

-- State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, saying the state could lose revenue under the Republican tax plan being considered by Congress.