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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

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…...

Monday, March 05, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: BASIC GOVERNMENT IS SELF-GOVERNMENT

Life is complicated and it becomes more so when government gets involved. There are two conceptual forms of government – external and internal. External government is easily identified as civil…...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 20, 2018

JOCELYNE & MONIQUE, the Lamoureux twins, were UND women hockey stars from 2010-2013, likewise, in the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics.  They are back for the third time in…...

Monday, February 05, 2018

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

  BROWERVILLE, MINNESOTA, is a town of 750 midway between Fargo and the Twin Cities. The mother of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady grew up in Browerville as a…...

Monday, January 29, 2018

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 28, 2018

BUDGET BOOGEYMAN Gov. Doug Burgum sees a bright future for the state, but indicated the budget is still the big challenge in the shorter term. In his State of the…...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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

THE MAIN STREET ND SUMMIT will be held in Bismarck Feb. 12-13. The event kicks off Gov. Burgum’s main street initiative and is intended to bring national development experts in…...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

THE NCAA FCS CHAMPIONSHIP returned to Fargo as NDSU edged past James Madison 17-13 in Frisco, Texas, a match described by the Bison coach as “a great football game between…...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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

PERSON OF THE YEAR is UND President Mark Kennedy. The GF Herald chose him for decisive management in a turbulent year. A UND professor said Kennedy “hit the ground running”…...

Monday, January 08, 2018

SCHMID: THE TOP NORTH DAKOTA STORIES OF 2017S

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROTESTSThe protests were last year’s big story, but their long tails dragged through 2017. Over 300 pipeline-related criminal cases remain open. Some defendants are pleading a “necessity…...

Thursday, January 04, 2018

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

GOV. DOUG BURGUM sorted through 230 applicants and selected 14 for his Higher Education task force. They are a distinguished and representative group and do not seem to have been…...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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

THE NDSU FOOTBALL TEAM ran over Wofford College 42-10 last week in a FCS playoff. Tonight, the Bison play Sam Houston State (Texas) in a semifinal game at the Fargodome…...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

THE FARGO DRUMS BEAT LOUDER -- The NDSU football team ran over San Diego 38-3 in last Saturday's FCS playoff game. Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Bison play the Wofford…...

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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

THE NDSU FOOTBALL TEAM is again in the FCS national playoffs. The Bison are seeded No. 2, meaning all their playoff games will be in the Fargodome, a formidable arena…...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE WORLD OF ECCENTRIC BOOK LOVERS

Ahhh -- books! Readers take for granted volumes of printed words. In return, books bring hours of musing, joy and fascination to readers. Books offer more than entertainment and information.…...

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

PROGRAMS WITHOUT LEADERS UND is known for supporting and training entrepreneurs -- right now, the related programs are in disarray. Here’s how they are set up: The School of Entrepreneurship…...

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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

THE LAST HURRAH In 1960, a 10,000-square-foot ranch style governor’s residence was built on the ND Capitol grounds. Today, there is a new residence, but the state could not get…...

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…...

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