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Rep. Bob Martinson, R-Bismarck, who very seldom speaks in the House chamber, had the last word in floor debate on Senate Bill 2001 prior to a vote on Wednesday morning. Martinson, in jest, recalled days spent with Theodore Roosevelt, saying the future president called him "Bobby."  Martinson urged house members to vote green on the bill to help create the Theodore Roosevelt library in Medora. The House adopted the conference committee amendments for the library on a 70-22 vote. Seated are Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Grand Forks, left, and Rep. Karen Karls, R-Bismarck.

"This is not about us. It's about the future. It's about our grandkids and it's about their grandkids."

-- Rep. Bob Martinson, R-Bismarck, speaking in favor of a bill for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The House approved the bill, 70-22.

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"Until we're willing to offer true, economic, fiscal relief to our citizens, I can't support something like this."

-- Rep. Daniel Johnston, R-Kathryn, opposing the library bill.

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"We just try to raise good-minded ranch horses. That's what we do. We just try to make a good product for everybody."

-- Lance Froelich, who with his wife, Sunshine, raise horses on their ranch near Selfridge.

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"It's really just protecting those surface owners along those streams so they know what's theirs and what the state is claiming ownership to."

-- Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, who introduced legislation to require the state engineer to review the ownership of rivers and streams in the state.

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"As a landowner, I hope that it goes through. I've always hoped that it goes through."

– David Day, a participating landowner in a wind farm project southeast of Bismarck. The developer, PNE Wind USA, sold the project to NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary Burke Wind. The project’s future is uncertain.

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"We feel comfortable that it won't be built."

-- Dave Nehring, a landowner east of Bismarck who is among the wind project opponents.

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"We've made up our minds that we're not backing down. We'll fight it to the end."

-- Brian Berube, co-owner of Lonesome Dove in Mandan, on plans to fight a city order to remove a mural from the bar’s front wind block. It’s an unpermitted mural under the city's ordinance.

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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.'"

-- Bill Troe, transportation planner with SRF Consulting Group, on the problems faced by Bis-Man Transit. Its costs are outpacing its revenue.

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"I was completely caught off guard by how much this went up. We live in a climate where we have to endure winter for seven months. Some people, all they have is their yard. I'm having a hard time digesting this. This is bad."

– Bismarck City Commissioner Greg Zenker, expressing regret for voting in favor of newly implemented water rates in November. About 7,600 Bismarck homeowners recently received letters from the city outlining higher water rates.

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"It's important for us to honor the legacy of the building, because we know a lot of people have sentimental attachments to the building."

-- Randy Upgren, pastor for Inspire Family Fellowship, a Lutheran church in Bismarck, on how the congregation views the former Saxvik Elementary School building. The church has acquired the old school and is remodeling it.

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"There's a good chance if a recession hits and oil prices stay moderately strong, we could buck the trend again and fare very well."

-- Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, discussing the possibility of a recession.

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