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Harvest of Bismarck

Harvest of Bismarck, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in central North Dakota, is located at 1207 Memorial Highway.

"I'm not going to be running for governor."

-- Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, after Gov. Doug Burgum's campaign polled how he might match up against her.

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"I would stand by what the governor previously said about leaning in.”

-- Burgum political spokesman Mike Schrimpf, on whether Burgum will seek re-election.

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"It really does help. It's really a medicine; it's not just Cheech and Chong."

-- Hazen resident Erin Olander, who has chronic back problems, talking about medical marijuana the day a dispensary opened in Bismarck.

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“We really fell out of bed in terms of flaring.”

-- State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms, on record natural gas flaring in North Dakota in June due to record oil production combined with a lack of pipeline and processing capacity for gas.

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“Even a few thousand feet will be helpful.”

-- Jeff Savadel, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service’s Bismarck office, on a Minot-area radar upgrade prompted by a deadly tornado in Watford City last summer that will enable forecasters to better detect severe weather at lower altitudes.

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“That kind of growth rate is basically unheard of in most of the country.”

-- North Dakota Transmission Authority Director John Weeda, on an expected 71% growth in electricity demand in the Williston Basin over the next 20 years.

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"People who have never been handicapped or not for any length of time have no clue what we go through."

-- Carel Two-Eagle, who uses crutches, on accessibility issues at the state Capitol.

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"I think we came out with an excellent product."

-- Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, on the selection of five people for North Dakota's new Ethics Commission after four selection committee meeting this summer.

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"I'm not ruling out re-election. If Mayo says you may have 10 or 15 years and for a guy that's 73, that's pretty normal."

-- Longtime Bismarck Republican lawmaker George Keiser, after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

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"I do think that there's people out there that are starting to realize, 'Hey, we don't want to lose this.'"

-- Grocery store operator and state Sen. Shawn Vedaa, R-Velva, on the decline of small-town grocery stores in North Dakota. An interim legislative committee is studying the issue.

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“At our dinner table they were respectful of us, they never said, ‘Oh, I don’t eat that.’ They tried everything, and talked about their parents and grandparents. My husband and I are older, and they didn’t want us to carry anything, they always waited for us.”

-- Wanda Agnew, who hosted two members of a Chinese baseball team that competed in the Babe Ruth League 13-15 Year Old World Series hosted by Bismarck.

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“It’s kind of like going back into construction mode, and at the same time we have 270-some inmates we have to figure out where to put while we’re trying to deal with it.”

-- Burleigh County Sheriff Kelly Leben, on chipping paint and other issues that need to be fixed at the 2-year-old Burleigh Morton Detention Center.

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"To me, it seems like we've been able to get that word of mouth out talking about alcohol impairment. That’s been preached for many years. But I think there is a bit of a misconception when it comes to drug impairment."

-- North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Tarek Chase, who oversees a program that trains law officers to identify drivers impaired under the influence of drugs other than alcohol.

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“You have a lot of kids who aren’t the football player, basketball player, or soccer player. But they can get on a trap course or on a skeet course, and they can shoot and compete head-to-head with anybody.”

-- Bruce Leiseth, board president of the Capital City Young Guns, which teaches children age 7 to 18 how to shoot at clay targets for recreation and competition.

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"Every year there's at least one bad accident there that we end up calling 911 about."

-- Luke Richter, branch manager of TrueNorth Steel on the "Strip" in Mandan, about plans to add a stoplight at the intersection near his business and McDonald's.

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“You see the fun and excitement in their eyes.”

-- Rural Mandan resident Tom Peters, whose family owns the Mandan Motocross Track, where kids as young as 4 race.

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