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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…...

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…...

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