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Heavy rain washed out a section of a highway on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in July, killing two people and injuring two others. The culvert that washed out had been identified for replacement seven years ago.

"I'm hopeful for the sake of our people, but in particular for the family. That's what concerns me most."

-- Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Tribal Chairman Mark Fox, on hopes that the now-yearlong investigation into the death of Olivia Lone Bear on the Fort Berthold Reservation will eventually solve the case.

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“That’s a good way to kill yourself.”

-- U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, as he sentenced a man for murder and the man told him he carried a knife to chop up heroin before he smoked it.

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"It's a great blessing. It's surreal."

-- School chaplain the Rev. Dominic Bouck, on the new $36 million St. Mary's Central High School.

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“But when it comes right down to it, there are only so many signs you can put up. The information is available for visitors, and visitors really are responsible for their own safety in a national park.”

-- Theodore Roosevelt National Park spokeswoman Eileen Andes, after a 17-year-old was gored by a bison in the park.

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“We go to Congress every year. They just don’t give us enough money to take care of the issues.”

-- Ron His Horse Is Thunder, director of transportation and planning for the Standing Rock Sioux, after disclosing that a culvert that washed out from under a highway on the reservation on July 9, killing two South Dakota residents when they drove into the chasm, had been identified for replacement seven years ago.

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"As rates have increased on the individual market, it's really pushed out those small business owners, farmers and ranchers, because they can't afford it."

-- State Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, on a reinsurance program approved by the federal government that will provide more affordable health insurance to about 21,000 North Dakotans.

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“He’s going to kill someone if he’s not incarcerated.”

-- Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dawn Deitz, talking in court about Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado, who was shot by a Bismarck police officer he was accused of trying to run over in January 2018. Villalobos-Alvarado was sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal drug charges.

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“It’s really just to try to understand, is there a connection to fiberglass tanks, is there a way to lightning-proof or reduce the threat of lightning to those facilities?”

-- Ron Day with Marathon Petroleum, a member of the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council, on a proposed study of lightning strikes at saltwater disposal sites in the oil patch.

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“The sad part of this for me is that I don’t believe any of this was necessary. This was an egregious and bald-faced taking that did not have to happen in this fashion.”

-- Troy Coons, board chairman of the Northwest Landowners Association, which is suing over a new law related to compensation for the use of cavities in underground rock formations, known as pore space.

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“When they laid pipe down there, yeah, we were heartbroken. But I knew something better was to come.”

-- Standing Rock Sioux member Cody Two Bears, founder of the nonprofit Indigenized Energy, which has built a solar farm near the site of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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“What’s the difference if you shop at 11 o’clock in the morning or if you shop at 12?”

-- Mandan resident Scott Eckroth, on the end of North Dakota’s so-called “blue laws" prohibiting Sunday morning shopping.

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“This is great closure for the community. This is the most pressure I’ve had in 21 years in law enforcement.”

-- Grant County Sheriff John Foss, after an Elgin firefighter was sentenced to serve five years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution for setting arson fires.

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"The right to put up a mural is the right to free speech; it's protected by the Constitution, and the government doesn't get to play art critic."

-- Institute for Justice attorney Robert Frommer, who is representing the owners of the Lonesome Dove bar in a lawsuit over Mandan's mural restrictions.

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"That's a really big deal, because it's about North Dakota thinking about changing workforce, adapting in a thoughtful way."

-- University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott, talking about a new skilled workforce scholarship and student loan repayment programs.

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