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Agatha Gietzen has lived in her first apartment in Bismarck for five years. She says her rent is affordable thanks to the Housing Incentive Fund, which helped finance the apartment building.

"My dream goal was to get my own place and make it my home. It changed my life tremendously."

-- Agatha Gietzen, Bismarck, on how the Housing Incentive Fund helped her get an apartment five years ago.

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"This is not something that we really want in our state at all. But if it's forced upon us, we need to have some structure to be able to navigate the permitting process and approval process."

-- Sen. Jim Roers, R-Fargo, on Senate Bill 2037, which establishes a framework for permitting and regulating the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste.

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"In my point of view, refusing to tax flared gas is really stealing,"

-- Andrew Alexis Varvel, Bismarck, testifying in favor of a bill to charge taxes and royalties on flared natural gas on wells that have been flaring for more than one year.

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"The solution to capturing more of this resource does not lie in taxes and penalties."

-- Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, opposing the proposal to tax flared gas.

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"The Government and Veterans Affairs Committee feels that this is the people's house and it should be more welcome for all North Dakotans to come in and use it."

-- Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, speaking in favor of House Bill 1298 that seeks a study of handicapped-accessible parking and other issues at the Capitol.

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"I like the idea of having some sun, some daylight shining on this process so we have numbers and an idea."

-- Rep. Terry Jones, R-New Town, on a possible compromise on reforming North Dakota's civil asset forfeiture laws.

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"Our institutions of higher education in North Dakota do an excellent job. But we in the Legislature have a responsibility to control the cost of education just as we do the other costs of government and to seek to lessen the financial burden with which our students graduate."

-- Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, on House Bill 1536 that would return to the Legislature the authority for setting North Dakota college tuition rates.

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"It's quite impressive, to be honest with you, because we're this little school up in North Dakota ... and yet there seems to be this demand for what we bring."

-- Richard "Chip" Hinton, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Mary, on the use of a waitlist for incoming students.

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"We really want to be good at what we're doing, rather than be broad. As a smaller program, we want to say we do these 16 programs of study very, very well."

-- Leander "Russ" McDonald, president of United Tribes Technical College, on the school’s 50th anniversary.

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"It's all hands on deck. We've been pushing a lot of snow and bringing the cattle into our heated cattle barn for about 24 hours. Once we've got them warmed up and dry we move them out to the sheds which act as windbreaks. The cattle are pretty tough once they're dry."

-- Owner-operator Richard Tokach of Tokach Angus Ranch, located about 4 miles east of St. Anthony, on dealing with livestock in cold weather.

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"No bumps, bruises or cuts."

-- Darrin Lee, Bismarck, after he was forced to land his plane southeast of Bismarck.

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