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Schafer Cabin

The Schafer Cabin in Medora was restored this spring and summer after a pipe burst and flooded the cabin last winter. The cabin is located on the main street in Medora.

"This would be absolutely another game-changer for the Bakken."

-- Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, on the possibility that local sources of sand could be used for hydraulic fracturing.

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"There are other areas where there's still some gaps. We have to find out how to get them covered.”

-- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on areas of the state lacking weather radar coverage. The tornado that hit Watford City this summer highlighted that lack of coverage.

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"We have not identified any specific ongoing public health threat related to this case."

-- Jill Baber, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health, on the death of a North Dakota woman due to hantavirus.

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"It's a really important place, because it's where the people who restored the town lived."

-- Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, on the recently restored cabin home of Harold and Sheila Schafer in Medora.

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"Watching these numbers for so long, what happens in one year, you might get an increase of 100 (students) the next year. It kind of looks like our elementary enrollment growth has plateaued ... and maybe it will even out or go down, it's hard to say."

-- Bismarck School Board President Matt Sagsveen, reviewing this year’s early enrollment numbers.

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"Agencies are still in a financial situation where it's most likely going to be another challenging budgeting process, and it's an opportunity for employees to take advantage of a program such as this."

-- Becky Sicble, interim division director for the Human Resource Management Services Division of the state Office of Management and Budget, on the state’s voluntary employee buyout program. More than 250 employees have applied for buyouts.

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"This is an amazing, amazing garden. This is public health at its best."

-- Mandy Slag, whose practicum for her master's degree in public health at the University of North Dakota involves the North Dakota State Penitentiary garden, admiring the garden on Monday.

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"Technology exists, and we're behind and we've got to catch up. When we're a small state ... we can't be replicating everything over and over again."

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, pointing out that state agencies have too many websites.

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"If we can reduce the prison population and keep people out of jails and keep them in other programs, it's better for everything that we're involved in, whether it's legislative stuff or law enforcement stuff."

-- Burleigh County Sheriff and Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck, on the decrease in the state prison’s inmate population.

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"The U.S. is the last place that has any amount of soybeans that can feed the global market. We'll likely get all of the EU business this year and Mexico is back in the game."

-- North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, predicting the eventual return of the soybean markets.

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"It's going to give them the opportunity to have a little bit of cash flow but certainly it's not going to make anybody whole."

-- North Dakota Soybean Growers Association Executive Director Nancy Johnson, on direct payments to farmers by the USDA to make up for losses due to the trade war.

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"There isn't a single person here, or anyone, who wakes up in the morning and chooses to become homeless. It's caused by a variety of issues ... mental illness, substance abuse, a chronic health condition, physical abuse, sexual abuse ... some circumstance that changes the lives of those individuals and makes them a homeless person."

-- North Dakota Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Jolene Kline, at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Edwinton Place Apartments, which will become home to individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness.

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