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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S Wednesday speech before 700 guests at the Andeavor Refinery (formerly Tesoro) in Mandan was a major event in the state, but relatively unnoticed elsewhere. Anyone expecting a major…...

Thursday, September 07, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

SAVANNA GREYWIND (22) went missing and her newborn baby was kidnapped by a couple living in the same Fargo apartment house. Over 40 law enforcement officers were involved in the…...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 28, 2017

IS THE STATE TALKING TO ITSELF? “North Dakota brings a set of UAS capabilities to the table that remains unmatched around the country." -- U.S. Sen John Hoeven at the…...

Monday, August 21, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2017

JOLT IN MINOT “We have been kidding ourselves in this community about how much it costs to finance city services, and we have been playing a little bit of a…...

Monday, August 14, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 14, 2017

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT “Other J.C. Penney stores have closed throughout the region, too, including in Jamestown, Dickinson and Wahpeton. The stores in Grand Forks and Fargo…...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 8, 2017

GENERAL FUND REVENUES in ND for the just ended 2015-17 biennium plunged 29 percent from the 2013-15 biennium and presented state government with an extraordinary budgetary challenge. Columnist Rob Port…...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 30, 2017

“DROUGHT is an inherent, unavoidable part of regional ag. We know it will occur; what we don't know is how often it will strike and how severe it will become.”…...

Monday, July 24, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 24, 2017

LOW PRICES for both oil and farm crops highlight the risk of ND’s reliance on unprocessed commodities. Despite the commodity slowdown, investments are being made in projects to produce value-added…...

Monday, July 17, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 16, 2017

CROPS FAIL Yesterday, the Bismarck Tribune reported, “In North Dakota, extreme drought conditions increased from 30 percent to nearly 36 percent of the state during the past week. More than…...

Monday, July 10, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 10, 2017

WHEN BAD NEWS IS GOOD State officials put a bright face on news that ND first quarter 2017 sales dropped 5 percent. They saw the decline as evidence that sales…...

Thursday, July 06, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 3, 2017

  DROUGHT is spreading rapidly in ND. Gov. Burgum declared a statewide fire and drought emergency. The Minot Daily News described the drought thusly: “Drought conditions of varying degrees persist…...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 26, 2017

THE DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION was formed 65 years ago to solicit donations for scholarships and special programs for the university. At some point, the foundation lost its way. A…...

Monday, June 19, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 19, 2017

NEW NORMAL A Star Tribune article said ND’s oil country boomed early in this decade and rippled across the economy of the upper Midwest -- then it crashed. But it’s…...

Monday, June 12, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 12, 2017

IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN After years of topping lists of leading states, ND’s rankings are coming down to earth. Depressed ag and energy industries caused the state to be…...

Monday, June 05, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 4, 2017

RECESSION? Has ND been in recession? Well, yes and no. If you are in those regions dependent on ag and energy -- it’s definitely yes. If you are in one…...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 30, 2017

GOV. BURGUM told columnist Mike McFeely that two unstoppable national forces ensure ND's higher ed system will have to change or get left behind -- the student loan bubble and…...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 16, 2017

DON’T CLING TO OLD MODELS Last week ND Gov. Doug Burgum warned that technology was disrupting the traditional university model, reducing the need for physical campuses and raising questions about…...

Monday, May 01, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 1, 2017

  THE 65TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY in ND is winding down. Retired GF Herald publisher Mike Jacobs, who is covering the legislative session, issued his preliminary conclusions. First, he observed that…...

Monday, April 24, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 23, 2017

  THE GREAT FLOOD This is the 20th anniversary of the Grand Forks flood. In a GF Herald editorial, Tom Dennis acknowledged the substantial state, federal and charitable aid Grand…...

Monday, April 17, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 17, 2017

DEVASTATED “It was April 1997 and Grand Forks had been gutted by flood, fire and the desperate evacuation of its 52,000 residents. The ice-choked Red River of the North had…...

Monday, April 10, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 10, 2016

JAMES ROSENQUIST The most important public art piece in the state is the “North Dakota Mural,” a 13’ by 24’ work by James Rosenquist and the centerpiece of the Plains…...

Thursday, April 06, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 5, 2017

  CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST The DAPL protests were a magnet for certain attention-seeking celebrities. Actress Shailene Woodley was one. She has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and admitted…...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 27, 2016

WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE The Standing Rock Sioux have longstanding, unresolved grievances with government, but their ham-handed protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline cost the tribe in at least two…...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 20, 2017

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD “In Minneapolis, people know how to do it." -- An immigrant, now in Winnipeg, describing the Minneapolis Underground Railroad that transports illegal immigrants to the Canadian border. The…...

Monday, March 13, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 12, 2016

ND IN VANGUARD “With a few strokes of a pen, he placed the state in the vanguard of an emerging backlash by conservatives.” -- New York Times. The reference is…...

Monday, March 06, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 6, 2017

MIXED VIEW “We refrained from endorsing Trump for the presidency—nor did we endorse his opponents—but we are not eager to join the chorus of Trump bashers.” -- Fargo Forum editorial…...

Thursday, March 02, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 2, 2017

DAPL PROTESTS dwindled to a close. Most protestors left the state -- about 50 were arrested and others moved their camps to the Standing Rock Reservation. The empty camp was…...

Monday, February 20, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 20, 2017

A CONFRONTATION may be in the offing at the DAPL protest camp. State and federal officials met with the 300 remaining protestors and repeated their order that the camp be…...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 13, 2017

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE received an easement this week to drill under the Missouri River and complete its 1,200-mile project. Construction has resumed. ND House lawmakers advanced four bills Monday…...

Monday, February 06, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 6, 2017

GREEN LIGHT “This will enable the company to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and…...

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