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A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City in 2014.

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"I suggested to him that we don't change anything because if you've got something going, why mess with it?"

-- Bill Wood, who has sold The Woodhouse restaurant in Bismarck. He has operated the restaurant since 1969. The new owner, Dan Vondrachek II, a Williston attorney, doesn’t plan to make major changes.

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"I felt like it was a conservative Republican debating a moderate Republican."

-- GOP House candidate Kelly Armstrong’s reaction to last week’s debate with Democratic candidate Mac Schneider at the North Dakota Newspaper Association convention.

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"Talk about a case of micromanagement of resources that farmers and ranchers in North Dakota are perfectly capable of managing on their own. This is government at its worst."

-- Mac Schneider, on the Waters of the United States rule that has been suspended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The comment came during Schneider’s debate with Kelly Armstrong at the NDNA convention.

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"It definitely has historic value. It's a connecting point for our county as far as commerce goes."

-- Jan Dodge, director of the Pioneer Museum in McKenzie County, discussing the Long X Bridge on Highway 85. The Department of Transportation is considering replacing the bridge as part of proposed work on the highway.

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"It really made me realize how sudden and very quick that a trench can cave in. It really kind of hit me hard."

-- Scott Overson, assistant area director of the Bismarck OSHA office, recounting his experience on Oct. 7, 2003, when an excavation caved in while he was interviewing employees.

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"We are seeing more and more tribes across the country filing cases in federal court. The more tribes that step forward into this litigation will ensure that tribal voices, tribal nations are heard in the resolution of this litigation."

-- Tim Purdon, former North Dakota U.S. attorney who now works for national law firm Robins Kaplan, on Native American tribes that have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry.

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"We are a problem-solver, that's what we do. We're not just a fundraiser. And homelessness is a problem in Bismarck-Mandan. We feel that United Way can fill this gap."

-- Jena Gullo, executive director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, on efforts to resolve homeless problems after the only men’s shelter closed.

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"Our hope is that we're going to be able to take care of all of (the employees). We understand that when you mess with somebody's livelihood, that's a big deal."

-- Mike Bitz, Mandan Public Schools superintendent, on plans to have Harlow's Bus Sales oversee most of the buses for Mandan Public Schools during the next school year.

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"He's been doing great. He just has a great attitude about it."

-- Karrie Bauman, on her 6-year-old son, JJ, who has had his thumbs replaced by his pointer fingers and undergone two surgeries to straighten his arms. He has a condition called bilateral dysplasia, or congenital radial longitudinal deficiency, which caused him to be born without thumbs or a radius in either arm.

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"I think that it has worked out well, and we're both going to benefit a lot from it. You never can have an overabundance of courts, floor space."

-- Mark Wiest, Mandan Public Schools activities director, on partnering with the Mandan Park District to renovate the Pepsi All Seasons Arena.

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