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Both 16-year-old climate activists were honored with Star Quilts at the conclusion of their speaking event held Tuesday at Standing Rock High School in Fort Yates. Tokata Iron Eyes, left, is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and Greta Thunberg is from Sweden.

“The extraordinary intensity of this early winter storm threatens to test the limits of local response capabilities across a large portion of our state.”

-- Gov. Doug Burgum, on this week’s major snowstorm.

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"I don't think they should be able to tell someone how they should spend their advertising dollars. It would be like telling somebody they can only do a radio ad for X amount of days out of a year."

-- Kim Hagel, co-owner of Awesome Signs, on a city proposal limiting movable signs.

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"Why should you be penalized for living in rural North Dakota? This is a game-changer."

-- Sanford Bismarck President Michael LeBeau, on a heart hospital planned in downtown Bismarck that Sanford officials see as a big step forward in serving central and western North Dakota.

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“Lots of indigenous communities are at the front line, and you are the true warriors.”

-- 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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"Commonsense, right on."

-- U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in response to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler's efforts to replace the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule with a "commonsense" definition.

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“And I was silent for quite some time.”

-- Bismarck priest Austin Vetter, on his surprise at being told he had been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Helena in Montana.

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"We walk to remember the people who have to walk on a daily basis to get water, to get food, to seek their shelters and to be safe."

-- Mary Sherer, who has helped organize the annual CROP Hunger Walk in Bismarck for about 30 years. The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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“If you look at the other shale plays, the Bakken is at the top of the pack.”

-- North Dakota Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad, telling the state’s Industrial Commission about the quality of natural gas in the oil patch.

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“It’s a great opportunity. It’s incredible how much economic gain and job growth could come from this.”

-- Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, on the goal of developing a petrochemical industry in North Dakota.

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“We hugged it out and we’re like ‘man, I think we got two bulls down.’”

-- Eric Schmautz, of Mandan. He and his father, Wayne Schmautz, harvested their first archery elk, one within shouting distance of the other, in just two hours during a hunt in Montana.

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“There is just no room on the transmission system."

-- Chris Kunkle, government and regulatory affairs manager with Apex Clean Energy, talking about how congestion on power lines is hampering wind energy development in North Dakota.

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“When we get too many, we have to reduce numbers.”

-- Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, on the culling of about 200 bison from the herd in the park's South Unit.

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"Either hearing things, weird happenings, things moving -- you name it, it's been reported. We've had innumerable paranormal investigators that have spent time in the house, investigating paranormal happenings going back even more than a decade now."

-- Matt Schanandore, Haunted Fort creative director and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park interpretive coordinator, on the supposed haunting of the Custer House, which is the basis for the annual Haunted Fort attraction.

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“Many of our members have been pushing for that kind of reform for years.”

-- Scott Skokos, executive director of the Dakota Resource Council, on proposed tighter state rules for oil wells deemed “temporarily abandoned.”

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