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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

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…...

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE was expedited this week by a directive from the Trump administration. The action was hailed by government, business and labor leaders in ND, while opposed by…...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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

TIGHTEN THE SCREWS Former Gov. Dalrymple offered a preliminary 2017-19 state budget last month, since then there is more evidence of soft revenues and Gov. Doug Burgum recommends further cuts.…...

Monday, January 16, 2017

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 16, 2016

IT’S A COMMON MISCONCEPTION that Nodaks are older than residents of other states. Not so. A little over 14 percent of ND residents are older than 65, less than the…...

Monday, January 09, 2017

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

  TWO BIG CHALLENGES to the ND Legislature were outlined in a Forum editorial. The first is the need to make a “lean and mean” budget in the face of…...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

SCHMID’S TOP NORTH DAKOTA STORIES OF 2016

DAPL PROTESTSThe protests were clearly the loudest story of the year dominating local media and attracting substantial national attention. I see three separate stories in the protests:Standing Rock -- During…...

Monday, January 02, 2017

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

“YOU JUST CAN’T CELEBRATE” -- Laundi Keepseagle from Standing Rock. Protestors recognize that the Obama administration’s decision to halt the Dakota Access pipeline will probably be reversed by Trump. Moreover,…...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 28, 2016

THINK DIFFERENTLY That was the message from incoming Gov. Doug Burgum, he said, “Meetings in which requests for more funding will be short; those who come forward to discuss innovative…...

Monday, December 19, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 19, 2016

ELUSIVE LEADERSHIP Governor Jack Dalrymple told the Forum Editorial Board the sprawling pipeline protest camp operates outside the control of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and it is difficult for…...

Monday, December 12, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 11, 2016

ND’s TWO MAJOR INDUSTRIES, agriculture and oil, nearly collapsed during the past several years. Gov. Dalrymple said, “Our economic advisers have told us there is no similar state in the…...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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

THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS gave an eviction notice to an estimated 5,000 pipeline protestors who are camped on Corps land near the Missouri River. Anyone there after December 5th is…...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 29, 2016

GOVERNOR SPEAKS OUT “The frustration is that delaying has no purpose. It does no good whatsoever.” -- ND Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s reaction to the pipeline protesters. A legislative committee cancelled…...

Monday, November 21, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 20, 2016

“PIPELINE PROTESTERS may have a tight grip on media coverage of the pipeline, but they have a demonstrably loose grip on the facts.” -- Shawn McCoy, Publisher of InsideSources. McCoy…...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 15, 2016

  BLOODBATH “It was hard to imagine the North Dakota Democratic Party becoming less relevant to the governance of North Dakota, but under the leadership (of) Oversen they managed it.”…...

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 7, 2016

VIEWS ABOUT THE PIPELINE “But on the issue of the Dakota Access Pipeline itself, the facts are much more on the pipeline's side. The protesters should recognize that reality and…...

Monday, October 31, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 31, 2016

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE was near the top of national news today -- the reports in most cases were written by AP writers in ND (MacPherson and Nicholson). Headlines in…...

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 31, 2016

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE was near the top of national news today -- the reports in most cases were written by AP writers in ND (MacPherson and Nicholson). Headlines in…...

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