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Road To Change student panelists, from left, Liz Schneider, Katie Winbauer, Taylor Toso, Tokata Iron Eyes, Bria Smith, David Hogg and Matt Deitsch spoke as panelists as part of the March for Our Lives, Road To Change national tour to a crowd of more than 150 people at the Bismarck Event Center on June 28. The students are touring the country advocating for stricter gun laws and encouraging people to vote. A Second Amendment rally with about 100 supporters was held at the same time outside of the Event Center.

“The company shouldn't be allowed to pick and choose what laws suit their purposes. We want the PSC to compel Meridian to follow the law.”

-- Linda Weiss, of Belfield, a past chairwoman of the Dakota Resource Council, on a complaint filed by two groups to stop construction of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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"That's not the case at all. We also believe in the same way we have the right to bear arms, we as children have the right to live and we want common sense legislation."

-- David Hogg, Parkland, Fla., graduate during the March for Our Lives’ Road to Change bus tour stop in Bismarck last week.

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"There's a lot of congestion in and around the school sites, and I think (the study) was a good opportunity to see how those school sites can flow, and to give each of the principals an opportunity to look at that and see if they wanted to make changes."

-- Rachel Drewlow, transportation planner with Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization, on a school crossing study.

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"It's definitely affected business. People are a little bit skeptical about going out on the river. I've been out, and actually it's not bad. People just have to be observant of debris moving down the river."

-- Larry Haisley, co-owner of Misty Waters Marina, on dealing with the high water levels.

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"I know that what goes up can go down, and we've seen it before."

-- State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, taking a cautious approach to the state’s economy.

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"This is an exciting first step in a project that could lead to additional markets for barley while creating new market opportunities for North Dakota in the aquaculture industry. Additionally, this would be the first ethanol in North Dakota produced from a feedstock other than corn."

-- The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, in a joint statement about Midwest AgEnergy Group’s research using North Dakota barley for biofuel and a high value protein concentrate byproduct to sell to commercial fisheries.

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"This 10 percent increase in the first quarter is the largest year-over-year growth we've seen since 2014. We are continuing with positive gains as this is the fourth quarter in a row that we've seen growth in this report ... The increase in oil activity in the western part of the state played a major role in moving this report to a double-digit positive again."

-- Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger,  commenting on the taxable sales report.

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"I could only get the door open a little ways. I reached in and found his feet, but there was debris on him and he was stuck. I pulled it off and wiped the fallen spray insulation away from his eyes and mouth. He was covered in it."

-- Kayla Cotton, telling how she rescued her 11-month-old son, Kort, when a storm hit her home. Her husband, Josh, and other son, Rhett, also survived the ordeal near Stanton.

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"It bothers me because when we do that, we're losing some of our workers who have experience."

-- Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford, explaining her reservations about a program offering buyouts to state employees. The goal of the program is to cut costs.

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"This project will be cheaper for home and business owners than them having to pay for flood insurance."

-- Bill Robinson, chairman of the Lower Heart River Water Resource District, on improvements planned for the Heart River levee system.

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