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The Memorial Congregational Church 10 miles northwest of White Shield was burned down April 22. It was once located in the Missouri River bottoms before the flood of Lake Sakakawea behind the Garrison Dam. A suspect in the fire has been indicted on an arson charge.

"Ultimately, this bill is not in line with interstate commerce law, and it's going to be litigated. We believe that litigation will prevail against the state of Washington."

-- Kari Cutting, vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, on a likely legal challenge to a Washington state bill that would reduce the volatility of crude oil shipped by rail.

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"We could come to a point where we have $1 billion in earnings, and that's why the conversation and the information is so important because a plan really has to be set in place. I think that the people of North Dakota are expecting a plan."

-- State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, on the need for a study on how to use the Legacy Fund.

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"People just came and worked hard and did their job."

-- Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, on the legislative session.

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"Certainly at the end, it feels like there is a lot more cooperation and collaboration between the House and Senate this go-around."

-- Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck, evaluating the legislative session.

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"It's going to have impact longer than a generation. It's going to have impact that goes beyond a city or a region, and it's going to be a national and international impact."

– Gov. Doug Burgum, on the importance of funding the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

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"It's very, very confusing. It's a very odd loophole. It's putting a criminal proceeding standard into a civil proceeding with no trial."

-- Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, criticizing changes in his civil asset forfeiture reform bill. The bill was passed by the House, 55-37, and the Senate, 43-4.

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"The job of the auditor is to keep people out of trouble, not to go out there looking for trouble."

-- Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, voicing support for a measure that requires the state auditor to receive approval from the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee before conducting performance audits.

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"Our nation mourns with all those who held a special place in their hearts for this sacred place."

-- Chairman Mark Fox of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, after the historical Memorial Congregational Church burned.

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"The problem we're running into in Bismarck and Mandan is ... if we reduce service by very much, we run the risk of losing one or two of those increments of (federal) funding that we've received in 2019. This starts to put us in that quintessential ‘between a rock and a hard place.'"

-- DeNae Kautzmann, on the challenges facing Bis-Man Transit.

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"Motorists were noticing the settlement ... you were starting to get the famous bump at the bridge that nobody really likes and takes out mufflers all the time."

— Ron Farmer, a representative of Short-Elliott-Hendrickson Inc., on the problems with the East Century Avenue Bridge approach embankments.

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