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Susan Wingerter, 65, and her grandson, Seth Emineth, 16, live in Colonial Estates mobile home park in south Bismarck. Wingerter's monthly Social Security check is her only source of income, and she sees the increases in the lot rent and other fees by the new ownership as more financial hardship.

“Agriculture is a part of everybody's life, whether they know it or not. It is very important. We're here to stay and we are the heart of America. If you eat, you are a part of farming and ranching.”

-- Sterling farmer Heather Lang, the 2019 Country Woman of the Year. The program honoring hardworking country women is a partnership between Farm and Ranch Guide and The Bismarck Tribune. It's sponsored by North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions.

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"I have to get him to school, feed him and everything else. Between the increases of everything, like all the other increases and other bills and everything I have there, it's really hard to get any sleep."

-- Susan Wingerter, 65, who lives in Colonial Estates with her 16-year-old grandson, who uses a wheelchair, talking about increases in rates after the mobile home park was bought by a Utah-based investment firm.

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"It may be fashionable to portray lobbyists as fat cats buying favors with dark money from legislators on behalf of wealthy, big businesses, but the reality is much different."

-- Lobbyist Christopher Dodson, speaking to the Legislature's interim Judiciary Committee about ethics.

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"That is a very difficult question to answer. There are states we have seen now legalize marijuana for close to seven years, and they are still trying to digest their data."

-- Troy Seibel, chief deputy attorney general, on what the implications might be if marijuana is legalized in North Dakota.

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"We're not a catchall. We're not going to investigate every ethics violation in the state, which some people feel, I think, is what our mandate is."

-- North Dakota Ethics Commission Chairman Ron Goodman.

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“As the windmills get bigger and there’s more of them, it’s starting to become an issue for flight safety.”

-- Col. Todd Sauls with the 20th Air Force, which oversees the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, on what the military believes is a need to increase the buffer between wind turbines and intercontinental ballistic missile facilities.

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“We did not know that the flu was so unpredictable, and we didn’t know that healthy children could die from the flu. We want to make sure other people know that (death) is a very real possibility.”

-- Angie Wehrkamp, whose 2 ½-year-old daughter, Gianna, died from the flu in 2015.

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“I’m proud we put some money in the pockets of our employees. I’m not proud of the method in which we did it.”

-- Bismarck City Commissioner Greg Zenker, on a 2020 budget that includes a 3.5% pay raise for city workers. Zenker had advocated for merit pay being a bigger part of the pay hike.

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“We’re missing this huge opportunity for economic development.”

-- Destiny Wolf, a Tesla electric vehicle owner from Dickinson who works at the Badlands Dinosaur Museum, on the lack of charging stations in North Dakota.

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“It’s amazing to be able to do something you love to do every day and be able to support your family, and not be stressed out because you can’t make (ends) meet.”

-- Mandan Patrol Officer Beth Kohler, on better benefits being offered by the city.

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"Some owners want a wide variety of art on their walls, and they should be free to express themselves."

-- Robert Frommer, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, the law firm representing the Lonesome Dove bar in a legal dispute over Mandan's mural rules.

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“I think diversity is important. When our students complete their education and they're out there in the real world, there's going to be some diversity there and they have to be prepared in order to interact, and to realize that we should be accepting of one another, regardless of the color of our skin or our nationalities.”

-- United Tribes Technical College President Leander “Russ” McDonald.

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