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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 27, 2010

For years ND obsessed over its stagnant population.  Wild proposals evolved to deal with the perceived problem, such as paying students to stay in the state, or luring more refugees. …...

Friday, December 17, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 17, 2010

In almost every state, budgets are a grim matter -- projects are delayed, employees layed off, benefits and salaries reduced.  Cut to ND, it’s a different picture -- the proposed…...

Monday, December 13, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 13, 2010

There is a ND economic indicator we might call “the pickup index.”  For small town and rural Nodaks, not having a pickup is almost unthinkable.  When times are good, you…...

Monday, December 06, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 6, 2010

Rugby is the center of North America.  That brings some disadvantages you won't hear from the ND Tourist Bureau.  Daryl Ritchison, Forum companies meteorologist, says the state's location in the…...

Monday, November 29, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 26, 2010

Author John Steinbeck was disappointed with Fargo when he visited in 1960 -- he hoped to discover a great mysterious place, instead he found it rather ordinary.  He drove out…...

Monday, November 22, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 21, 2010

The chairmanship of the Senate Agriculture Committee will be vacant  -- incumbent Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas lost her re-election.  The Hill political blog reports ND Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of…...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 14, 2010

Dallas Schmidt stands 6 feet and is a barrel-chested 260 pounds.  The Cooperstown cowboy won a top ten finish in a national quarter horse competition in Columbus, Ohio.  But that’s…...

Friday, November 05, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 5, 2010

No more “Three Amigos” or “Team North Dakota” --  Gov. John Hoeven becomes the first Republican senator from ND in 24 years and Rick Berg replaces U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy…...

Monday, November 01, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: OCTOBER 29, 2010

“Leasing in Burke and Renville counties (on the Saskatchewan border) is funded by Chinese money through a London corporation.”  Should we call the FBI -- sounds very suspicious?  Maybe not,…...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: OCTOBER 24, 2010

Who is Jack Dalrymple?  You are about to find out.  He is the ND lieutenant governor and will be the next governor, if Governor John Hoeven is elected to the…...

Friday, October 08, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: OCTOBER 8, 2010

Nodaks are a modest bunch -- not likely to brag -- truly uncomfortable with praise (and they don’t get much).  Getting the “big head” is a deadly sin.  Is that…...

Friday, October 01, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: OCTOBER 1, 2010

Columnist Lloyd Omdahl wrote: “The crown prince of North Dakota's Norwegians and the pride of Velva is Eric Sevareid, perhaps the best known of all of our native sons and…...

Monday, September 27, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

Paradox on the Prairie.  Creighton University in Omaha reports that in 10 Midwest states “While the farm sector is experiencing healthy growth, Rural Mainstreet businesses continue to report waning economic…...

Monday, September 20, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

The Sick Bastards have done it again -- they staged a lewd event in the Evil Olive Bar in Dickinson.  For those of you who aren’t up on these matters,…...

Monday, September 13, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: SEPTEMBER 13, 2010

The ND economy will keep on soaring, right?  As the nation makes a gradual recovery, the state, which didn’t participate in the downturn, will continue its growth.  Herald economist Ralph…...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: SEPTEMBER 6, 2010

Many folks reading this are, like myself, graduates of public universities in ND.  How do their alma maters place in national rankings?  The short answer -- they don’t.  There are…...

Friday, August 27, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: AUGUST 27, 2010

GF Herald Economist Ralph Kingsbury is horrified by flooding in the Devils Lake Basin.  Not just the lake itself, but a large part of northeastern ND.  Kingsbury said, “I know…...

Monday, August 23, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: AUGUST 20, 2010

Lloyd Omdahl went outside ND in his weekly column to examine a federal judge's decision to reverse a California law banning same sex marriage.  Judge Vaughn Walker has been criticized…...

Monday, August 16, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: AUGUST 14, 2010

Tracy Potter has a novel idea for saving Social Security.  The Democratic candidate for ND’s US Senate seat would require employers and employees to pay a 6.2% social security tax…...

Friday, August 13, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: AUGUST 9, 2010

Tribune writer Lauren Donovan observes, “some struggle to ‘get their heads around’ the idea of North Dakota as a major economic player.”  In a lengthy Sunday article, Donovan described how state departments…...

Friday, July 30, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JULY 30, 2010

Political contributions tend to be reported close to election time -- that leaves less time for opponents to analyze or react.  Nevertheless, donation patterns are emerging in ND races.  Incumbent…...

Monday, July 26, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JULY 26, 2010

Minneapolis or Denver?  Two popular American cities -- both have good air service from ND -- which should you visit?  To assist with this question, I used the website of…...

Friday, July 16, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JULY 16, 2010

You have to listen to both sides, so Sen. Conrad took his senate road show from Devils Lake down to Valley City to discuss the consequences of the lake spilling…...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JULY 4, 2010

State water agencies sponsor the Devils Lake Solutions Tour -- a day long bus tour of areas influenced by the rise of the lake.  One individual on the tour, Dwayne…...

Monday, June 28, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JUNE 25, 2010

The outbreak of tornadoes in northeastern ND and northwestern Minnesota on June 17th was one of the region’s “most significant in memory" according to the National Weather Service.  Forum weatherman…...

Friday, June 18, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JUNE 18, 2010

In religion and music there is a tradition of “call and response,” a ritualized interaction between speakers and listeners.  A call and response dialogue has developed between Devils Lake and…...

Monday, June 14, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JUNE 14, 2010

Tributes continued to pour in after the death of former governor Art Link.  With the benefit of a long look back,  a speech by Link in 1973 is emerging as…...

Monday, June 07, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JUNE 7, 2010

The Red River Basin Commission has representatives from states and Canadian provinces which adjoin the basin.  Devils Lake is part of the basin.  The RRBC met recently but did not endorse an…...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JUNE 1, 2010

The Minot Daily News: “It was an embarrassing display, United States lawmakers and administration officials including Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar…...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: MAY 7, 2010

The time has come -- both ND U.S. senators and the commander of the Corps of Engineers agree with Devils Lake officials that there should be a shift in strategy…...

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