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University of Mary student Ashley Becker talks recently from the Bismarck Municipal Airport about the nine-day trip to Poland she and six other classmates majoring in education are taking in order to visit schools and classrooms to learn and share experiences. 

"We'll make as big a difference as we can in as many people's lives as we can."

-- Jolene Kline, executive director for the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, on the Housing Incentive Fund, a program that has been used to help finance 2,500 rental housing units statewide since 2011.

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"The jobs that this could create and the revenue it would generate is unbelievable potential."

-- Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, a co-sponsor of legislation providing a new tax incentive aimed at adding value to the state's abundant natural gas supply. A bill approved in the recent legislative session adds a sales tax exemption for certain natural gas processing facilities.

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"It's a great honor for me and a privilege to be able to raise the flag knowing that it's a remembrance of so many people who have done so much for the country."

-- Vern Huber, 90, a Korean War veteran, on raising the POW/MIA flag at the Capitol. The Legislature passed a bill requiring the flag to fly in front of the Capitol.

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"We're going to start fixing what we can, and then I'm going to go as far as I can go with it."

-- Gary Greff, the sculptor behind the Enchanted Highway, on how he will use the $75,000 budgeted by the Legislature for maintenance of the scrap metal sculptures along the 32-mile road to Regent off Interstate 94, east of Dickinson.

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"These population counts help us determine everything from where to build a bridge across a river to the best location to open a day care."

-- Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, on the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census in North Dakota.

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"In no way was that maneuver ever intended to be limiting of the auditor's ability. It was exclusively about improving communication."

-- Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, on an amendment to the auditor’s budget requiring legislative approval for certain types of audits.

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"I believe I'm doing the work the taxpayers expect."

-- North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion.

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"We'll help with location scouting. We advise on permit requirements. We really try to be accessible and available; however, there are no economic incentives."

-- Sara Otte Coleman, director of the state Tourism Division, on what the department does to help film companies.

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"Brent and I love what we do, we're passionate about what we do, we're honored to have the opportunity to serve. I think if we're trying to read the tea leaves, I'd say we're leaning in."

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, on whether he and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will seek re-election.

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"Our students will actually be teaching in those Polish schools. They'll be teaching American songs to some of the children and really looking at the comparison of American schools to Polish schools."

-- Kim Marman, chair of the University of Mary’s Department of Education, on seven recent graduates who will be visiting Polish schools.

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"If we put it out there now every little old lady who watches 'Dateline' is going to be blowing up our tipline. We will not be chasing the leads we need to."

-- Ami Galusha-Eckstrom, the sister of William Galusha, of Milnor, on what police told the Galusha family in explaining why they didn’t release information indicating foul play was involved in his death.

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