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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 16, 2018

A NEW ROUGH RIDER  “Hill says growing up in North Dakota instilled in him the values of hard work, dedication and integrity, and he's honored to be recognized by his…...

Monday, October 08, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 8, 2018

APPLAUSE FOR THE TRADE DEAL  “The deal with Canada this week is a huge step in the right direction.” — Minot Daily News editorial.  The GF Herald was equally enthusiastic…...

Monday, October 01, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

LUCKY NODAKS  “As North Dakotans, we just won the geology lottery.” — Gov. Doug Burgum after an announcement at the Petroleum Council’s conference that the Bakken Formation (largely in ND)…...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

SALES TAX COLLECTIONS in ND’s second quarter rose 10 percent from the prior year.  The gains were concentrated in Oil Patch cities, while ND’s other large cities were flat, with…...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

EYES ON ND  It’s no secret why President Trump and much of his cabinet have been in Montana and ND.  He senses Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi…...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 27, 2018

ALREADY ANEMIC GRAIN PRICES are further weakened by trade disputes.   A Creighton University economist reports weak farm commodity prices and income are a drag on rural parts of the…...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2018

BIG SALES JOB AHEAD  “We consider a historic investment in UND and NDSU a legitimate, innovative and even realistic request that will benefit not just UND and Grand Forks, but…...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 12, 2018

THROWING IN THE TOWEL  The R.D. Offutt Companies in Fargo have a long reach.  Among other businesses, they are the largest John Deere equipment dealer in the U.S, as well…...

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 7, 2018

THE BAKKEN IS BACK  Tom Rolfstad, the retired director of Williston Economic Development, described the remarkable impact of the Bakken on ND’s economy in the last decade.  The recent monthly…...

Thursday, August 02, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 2, 2018

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PROTESTS began in August 2016 and continued into 2017.  The pipeline went into service in June 2017.  About 1,400 law enforcement officers were needed to control the…...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 23, 2018

NEW RECORDS  In May, ND cruised to new records for oil and gas production, as well as the number of producing wells.  Oil production increased 1.4 percent to 1.24 mbd;…...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 16, 2018

FEWER CHURCHES ON THE PRAIRIE  Sunday’s Star Tribune had a lengthy article on the decline of Protestant churches in Minnesota. — there is every reason to be expect a similar…...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 11,2018

  SALES INCREASED, BUT . . .  ND reported a taxable sales increase for the first quarter of 2018 compared to the prior year.  The report shows an unusually bifurcated…...

Monday, July 02, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 2, 2018

MANY RED CAPS  The rally had the chance to book the 24,000-seat Fargodome, “and we should have taken it,”  President Trump said, saying thousands didn’t make it into the 6,000-seat…...

Monday, June 25, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 25, 2018

GRAND FORKS HAS UAS MUSCLE:  The Grand Sky Technology Park, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, the UND aerospace school, the Customs and Border Protection UAS facility and the Grand…...

Monday, June 18, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 18, 2018

SNAKE IN THE GRASS  GF Herald Publisher Korie Wenzel began his column with an innocuous discussion of “Regeneration.”  He used an example of how Sears, which is closing in Grand…...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 12, 2018

WILL ND GET A SECOND CHANCE AT A BOOM?  Lawmakers are wary about proclaiming a second oil rush, but there are noticeable increases in oil and gas tax collections.  Gov.…...

Thursday, June 07, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 5, 2018

THE HEIDI DILEMMA  "We all thought a lot about Heidi, but I believe she betrayed our people.  We really needed someone we could trust.” — Char White Mountain, retiree on…...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 29, 2018

  ZINKE IN ND  “I just think we’re very fortunate to have someone in that role who grew up next door and understands North Dakota, appreciates North Dakota and wants…...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 22, 2018

THE BAKKEN IS BACK  A Wall Street Journal article furthers that notion.  The WSJ says the number of oil rigs in ND rose from 24 in May 2016 to 57 in May…...

Monday, May 07, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 7, 2018

BUSINESS CONDITIONS BRIGHTEN  A Creighton University survey indicates business conditions in nine mostly Great Plains states reached a decade high.  ND is doing its part — oil tax revenues for…...

Monday, April 30, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 30, 2018

GOV. BURGUM TO SHAKE UP ND UNIVERSITY SYSTEM by cutting more than $50 million from its 2019-21 budget.  He points out the system is graduating many students who have trouble…...

Monday, April 23, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 22, 2018

MORE URBAN THAN YOU THINK  ND used to be considered the most rural state.  Don’t know how that stands today, but the state is becoming significantly more urban.  Take the…...

Monday, April 16, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 16, 2018

CALIFORNIA TRAGEDY HAS ROOTS IN SD  On March 26th, Jen and Sarah Hart drove off a cliff in Northern California with their six adopted black children.  Jen Hart and Sarah…...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 10, 2018

THE OIL PATCH leads an economic resurgence.  “Aside from the numbers and graphs that are showing growth, if you are in Williston, you can see and feel the increase in…...

Monday, April 02, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 2, 2018

T. ROOSEVELT LIBRARY  “It will be important that the two buildings link to each other in meaningful ways—both serve to capture dual aspects of Roosevelt's character, his outdoorsman aspect and…...

Monday, March 26, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 26, 2018

THEY HAVE THEIR MOMENTS  Former VP Joseph Biden energized the ND Democratic convention in Grand Forks.  As he ended his remarks, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp handed him a signed Carson Wentz…...

Monday, March 19, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 18, 2018

A POLL BY SURVEY MONKEY measured approval ratings for political figures.  In ND, Gov. Doug Burgum was on top with a 84% rating followed closely by Sen. Hoeven at 77%. …...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 12, 2018

AAHAH!  There was always an element of mystery surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.  What formed such distorted images of local authorities?  Why were protesters glorified?  A report issued by…...

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

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

“THE GOAL, which has been lauded by many as the most important ever scored in U.S. women’s hockey history, was the result of countless hours behind the scenes in The…...

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