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Schmid: Looking Back From the Left Coast

Monday, September 26, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

  WENTZMANIA Can it last? Bismarck native and former NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first two games of the season with…...

Monday, September 12, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

“WHO HAS A TEST CENTER for unmanned systems that’s integrated with a major university?” -- ND University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott explaining why UND is uniquely positioned to be in…...

Thursday, September 08, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

THE NDSU FOOTBALL PROGRAM and its impact on Fargo were explored in a Bloomberg Business Week article. The magazine said, “No college town at NDSU’s level gets half the attention”…...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

A STATE OF EMERGENCY for southwestern and south-central ND was issued by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The SOE authorizes and funds law enforcement and other state agencies monitoring pipeline protests at…...

Monday, August 22, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2016

WIND AND GRASS are enduring features of the ND prairie. A public sculpture in Jamestown called “Prairie Grass Ballet” will honor those features with ninety 75-pound aluminum blades of grass…...

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 8, 2016

BELT TIGHTENING “I would say that the challenge of putting together the next budget (2017-19) is probably as big a one as I’ve ever seen in all of my years…...

Friday, August 05, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 2, 2016

PALEONTOLOGY METAPHOR It was mentioned here last week that the ND coal industry may be approaching an extinction phase. Low prices, natural gas and alternative energy are on its heels.…...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 25, 2016

FIRST SHOE DROPS Low energy prices and increased regulation are expected to take a toll on ND’s coal-fired plants. Great River Energy announced the closing of its Stanton Station plant…...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 18, 2016

ROUGH RIDE AHEAD The good news is that oil industry leaders in ND believe their business has hit bottom; the not so good news is that it may stay there…...

Monday, July 11, 2016

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

DOUBLE WHAMMY State revenues declined sharply and there will be a corresponding drop in state aid to ND cities. For some smaller rural cities there is a double effect. Their…...

Monday, June 27, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 27, 2016

A HERALD ONLINE POLL of 4,000 readers found those disliking the logo were four times those who liked it. The Star Tribune noted: “As part of an agreement with the…...

Monday, June 20, 2016

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

“DOUG BURGUM is running from behind for ND governor . . . but don’t be quick to bet against him.” -- A quote from this newsletter on April 4, 2016.…...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 12, 2016

LOOKS LIKE A WINNER! Mikhael Teryohin, a Russian candidate for the city commission, promises to “Make Fargo Great” by building a wall to keep Moorheadians from stealing jobs. Teryohin’s platform…...

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 6, 2016

LAGGING THE NATION “Though we’re ahead of the nation, I want our North Dakota students to be exceptional.” -- A November 2013 statement by Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent of Public…...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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

PESSIMISTIC “One can only hope that we’re going to bottom out.” -- ND OMB Director Pam Sharp’s reaction to a $33 million tax revenue shortfall in April -- 13.5 percent…...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 23, 2016

“IT’S A RECESSION” was part of the headline for a Reuters article detailing the impact on Williston of a near halt in oil well drilling and fracking. Vacant homes, apartments…...

Monday, May 16, 2016

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

BOTTOM OF THE BARREL Business Week reports that 90 percent of general fund revenue in Alaska is tied to oil. The oil price crash and the fall in the state’s…...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 9, 2016

  THE FIGHTING SIOUX WON’T LEAVE “Officially, the UND Fighting Hawks won the NCAA hockey championship. But many fans who witnessed the Frozen Four victory would tell you the Fighting…...

Monday, May 02, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 2, 2016

  PRINCELY REASONS A Minnesota state senator drafted a bill to make purple the official state color. We don’t mind -- go for it! SHOWING A LITTLE STYLE State representative…...

Monday, April 25, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 25, 2016

CONTRARIAN VIEW “The industry is preparing for the world's oil supply to come into balance by the end of 2016 or the first half of 2017” -- Lynn Helms, ND…...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 18, 2016

  “CHANTS OF ‘LET’S GO SIOUX’ and ‘Sioux forever’ rang out from the crowd as the frustration of coming so close so many times in the national tournament finally turned…...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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

DRY SPELL ENDS After falling just short for many years, UND will play for the NCAA national hockey championship tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. ND time. UND will play Quinnipiac…...

Monday, April 04, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 4, 2016

ND COUNTIES lead the nation in population growth, despite the slowdown in the Oil Patch. In 2015, according to the Census Bureau, the nation’s four fastest-growing counties were all in…...

Monday, March 28, 2016

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

ND IS AWASH IN NATURAL GAS, but 80 percent of its communities are without natural gas service. Those communities are at a disadvantage in attracting business. Any state subsidy for…...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 21, 2016

OUCH! The UND Presidential Search Committee narrowed the field to three candidates. The finalists included the president of Minot State University, a former Minnesota congressman and the dean of engineering…...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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

LUCK "You can't buy that kind of publicity or that kind of branding." -- From a Forum article on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Fargo.” While…...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

FROM BISMARCK TO BISON TO BROWNS -- Headline for a StarTribune article about NDSU quarterback, Carson Wentz, who is expected to be one of the leading prospects in the NFL…...

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 1, 2016

DEJA VU? Is ND going into a prolonged commodity induced economic slump as it did in the 1980s? So far, experts say no. Ron Ness, president of the ND Petroleum…...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 21, 2016

ND STANDS OUT Police departments around the country are under fire for charges such as excessive force, targeting blacks, etc., particularly in minority communities. The anti-police attitude is discouraging and…...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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

MOOD RESET For years ND has been the economic envy of nearly every state. The state’s growth, income and employment fed continuous headlines and pumped the self-esteem of residents. Now,…...

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