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North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion

North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion appeared before the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on July 17, 2019, in the state Capitol in Bismarck.

“I had two kitties in there – for 4 hours we just cried and prayed that the kitties, that we’d find them."

-- Shannon Cone, resident of an apartment building in Mandan that was heavily damaged by fire.

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“In my five years, I have seen more saltwater wells go boom than I can shake a stick at.”

-- McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe, on the problem of lightning strikes that lead to fires and spills at saltwater disposal sites in the oil patch.

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"We will not be seeking approval of performance audits, but what I will tell you is communication is key."

-- State Auditor Josh Gallion to state lawmakers, citing an attorney general's opinion that a new law requiring committee approval for him to launch performance audits is likely unconstitutional.

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"I think it hurts your credibility. You're out auditing somebody, you're asking them to follow the law and yet you're not."

-- Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, criticizing State Auditor Josh Gallion for refusing to follow a new law requiring legislative committee approval for performance audits.

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"The employees who will work in this facility are the unseen first responders."

-- Central Dakota Communications Director Mike Dannenfelzer, during groundbreaking for a $6.3 million 911 dispatch center in north Bismarck.

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"(Magic) became a vehicle that he used to break down barriers with people, and immediately they were drawn."

-- The Rev. John Guthrie, a pastor at St. Pius, St. Martin's and St. Mary Queen of Peace churches, on former Bismarck Catholic Diocese Bishop Paul Zipfel, who died at age 83 following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Zipfel was known for doing magic tricks.

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"I don't think it should be a quick vote at the end."

-- Rep. Matt Eidson, D-Grand Forks, on the Legislature's practice of excusing absent members after daily floor sessions. Pay to lawmakers with excused absences totaled about $56,000 during the 2019 session.

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“It takes more luck to win this tournament than skill.”

-- Casey Steele, of Garrison, who with fishing partner Jerrad Huston won the 43rd annual North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup on Lake Sakakawea.

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"We're never going to get a group of five that have no conflicts with anything. I think (it's) always going to be you're connected to somebody, someplace along the way."

-- Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford, a member of a panel tasked with selecting North Dakota's new Ethics Commission.

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“The bottom bouncer is the mom’s apple pie of fishing today.”

-- Bill Mitzel, editor and former publisher of Dakota Country Magazine. Mitzel nominated the late Bob Meter of Bismarck, inventor of the bottom bouncer fishing tackle, for the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame. The hall's board voted him in.

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“I just heard the fire alarm, took her and and my dog and ran. We lost everything.”

-- Jose Lopez. He, Dennisse Montes and their Siberian husky escaped from a 42-unit apartment fire in Mandan, but lost their possessions.

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“Our goal is to drive or to dance in a different state every day.”

-- Bina Krebsbach of Bismarck. She and her husband, Mark, have square danced in all 50 states twice and are working on a third tour.

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“I never meant for it to go this far. I do take responsibility as a man.”

-- Cayetano Coyazo, 26, who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for terrorizing during a February standoff in Bismarck.

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“These were areas where a lot of people were saying, 'We really have a strong need in this area, we need resources, we need strategies, we need tools.'"

-- Ceri Dean, researcher with the Regional Education Lab Central, on a survey of North Dakota educators that identified several needs to better serve Native American students, including more training in culturally responsive teaching and tips to engage with Native American communities.

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