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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

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…...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: APRIL 23, 2010

The Fighting Sioux nickname issue has been trivialized by some as a silly argument about a college sports name.  They have said that if even a few were troubled by…...

Friday, April 16, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: APRIL , 2010

You know the phrase “win-win” --  that’s a decision that is good for all concerned.  The decision to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname is the opposite -- “lose-lose.”  UND loses…...

Friday, April 09, 2010

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

Communities in Montana, Wyoming and ND are concerned about START (a new strategic arms reduction treaty) which will reduce nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia.  The three states house…...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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

Carrington has not been to the state Class B boys’ basketball tournament since 1995, when Jim Kleinsasser led them to a championship.  As you probably know, Kleinsasser turned his talent…...

Friday, March 19, 2010

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

“We had outstripped our supply line,” said NDSU Interim President Dick Hanson.  He explained how in its quest for size NDSU got ahead of its resources.  In an interview with…...

Friday, March 12, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: MARCH 12, 2010

Nodaks don’t like to brag about themselves -- when I was a boy, I recall disapproving comments about people who got “the big head.”  State Rep. Kim Koppelman is well…...

Friday, March 05, 2010

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

Score: Bats 2, McClean County 0.  A second McClean County employee has been diagnosed with a serious illness believed to be caused by bat droppings at the courthouse in Washburn. …...

Monday, March 01, 2010

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

Sports Illustrated calls the Lamoureux hockey family in Grand Forks “perhaps the most remarkable sporting clan in the United States.”  The family was the lead story in a recent SI…...

Friday, February 19, 2010

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

The Economist magazine warned Democrats of The Quirks of ND.  It noted that while ND has only 0.2% of America’s population, it still gets two senators.  The Economist concluded, “Senate machinations…...

Friday, February 12, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: FEBRUARY 12, 2010

Sometimes, success is keeping your head above water when others are drowning.  The Associated Press issues an Economic Stress Index for U.S. counties with populations over 25,000.  Its December index…...

Friday, January 29, 2010

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

“I know nothing -- NOTHING!” -- the bumbling Sergeant Schultz used the catch phrase on TV’s Hogan’s Heroes.  Former NDSU President Joseph Chapman sounded like Schultz when asked about his…...

Monday, January 25, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JANUARY 22, 2010

Carrington native Jim Kleinsasser played in a NFC Championship game 11 years ago in January 2001 . . . and it was humiliating, the Vikings lost to the NY Giants 41-0.  Jimmy…...

Friday, January 15, 2010

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: JANUARY 15, 2010

There was little surprise left when Gov. John Hoeven announced his intention to run for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by Sen. Byron Dorgan.  The Forum reported that despite…...

Friday, January 08, 2010

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

A tired, haggard SEN. BYRON DORGAN was pictured on the front page of the Minot Daily News.  It said it all -- after 40 years in public life and facing…...

Monday, January 04, 2010

SCHMID’S TOP TEN NORTH DAKOTA STORIES OF 2009

1. THE ECONOMY -- HOW GOOD?  It’s too early to make precise comparisons, but in some ways 2009 may have been as good a year as the state’s banner 2008. …...

Saturday, January 02, 2010

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

THE GREAT 2009 CHRISTMAS SNOWSTORM hit ND and closed the interstate system and other major routes.  Although the state took the blizzard in stride, it was one of the heaviest…...

Monday, December 28, 2009

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 26, 2009

Just when it seemed the whole UND Fighting Sioux nickname matter could not become more bizarre -- it has.  Members of the SPIRIT LAKE TRIBE sued the Board of Higher…...

Monday, December 21, 2009

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 20, 2009

SPEND LESS, SPEND WISELY.  A Bismarck Tribune editorial on Dec. 13 was uncharacteristically frank and aimed directly at Sen’s Conrad and Dorgan and Rep. Pomeroy.  The Trib said debt “has…...

Friday, December 11, 2009

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 11, 2009

The UND “Fighting Sioux” nickname issue has many moving parts: state courts, NCAA, Sioux tribes, Board of Higher Education, colleges, and, not least of all, editorial writers.  All the parts…...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: DECEMBER 4, 2009

Forbes is just hanging on -- its school closed in 1987.   The town of 50 is perched on the South Dakota border in east central ND.  Like many of…...

Friday, November 27, 2009

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 27, 2009

"Look, we're going to build a world-class company, and we're going to build it with Class B kids" -- Doug Burgum.  The quote deserves interpretation:  Burgum (53), the former CEO…...

Monday, November 23, 2009

SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 20, 2009

A Forum article summarized the views of U.S. senators from ND and Minnesota on health care reform. All four senators expressed a solemn interest in cost containment, although at the…...

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