'Once they're gone, they're gone'

'Once they're gone, they're gone'

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“One thing I learned today. I can still run.”

-- Alexander Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Bieber, 48, after an "active threat" alert at the school that turned out to be a false alarm.

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"Good health is good business."

-- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, speaking at the 2019 Main Street Initiative Summit in Bismarck.

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"Nothing personal against Starbucks, we just need to do what we need to do to maintain our property."

-- Dave Achtenberg, district manager for Regency Hotel Management, on the Ramkota Hotel putting up a fence to keep customers at the neighboring Starbucks from driving on hotel property.

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“It’s nothing but license plates from Texas, Utah, Arizona. It’s a shame when you’ve got plenty of people available to do the work. They’re going to take their paychecks back home and we’re going to spend ours here and put our kids through college here.”

-- Kaelen Harrington, a member of the Ironworkers Local 512 in Bismarck, on a perceived disparity between in-state and out-of-state workers on wind farm projects.

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"He did everything in his power to make sure that the services provided to legislators were ethical, professional and nonpartisan in every manner, in every way."

-- Jay Buringrud, former assistant director at the Legislative Council, on former Director John Olsrud, who died at age 77 from complications following heart surgery.

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"I guess when you think about it, once they’re gone, they’re gone."

-- Sims Historical Society President Joel Johnson, on the group adopting a bridge built in 1916 on Sims Road over Sims Creek.

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“Something at the top of our minds now are the weather-related conditions and what that’s done to shoulders of roads. The integrity of the roads can be compromised, and so we’re all just concerned about that.”

-- Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, after a cattle trailer roller in Hazelton that killed 13 cattle.

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"He'd be just so thrilled. He was a dreamer, and I'm glad I got to see his dream take one step into reality."

-- Kay Koch, talking about her late husband Frank, a Bismarck State College chemistry professor who helped found Gateway to Science, which has broken ground at the site of what will become a state-of-the-art science complex.

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“The principles they teach in this class are everything I needed.”

-- North Dakota State Penitentiary inmate Matthew Houle, on a new program, the Prison Fellowship Academy, which stresses integrity, responsibility, restoration, community, affirmation and productivity.

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"The main question to be asked is which is more important, public property rights or public interest in protection of the viewsheds?"

-- Morton County Commissioner Andy Zachmeier, on the county considering whether to ban property owners from building structures that could be seen by visitors to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

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“We had a great group of listening sessions that have identified very important aspects and characteristics that we want to see in the next leader, and we’ll try to stick to that as we move forward with the process."

-- Bismarck State College presidential search committee Co-chairman Tim Mihalick.

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"Not only was it a monumental shift in how we can accommodate dollars and support children and families, it also was a testament to our state and our ability to offer some collaborative services and partner within our own agencies."

-- Kelsey Bless, permanency administrator for the state Division of Children and Family Services, on North Dakota being one of just 11 states to meet an early deadline for submitting a plan for federal money aimed at keeping children out of foster homes.

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