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Jacobs: Comparing the Bonanza era and the Bakken boom

December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

The end of the year always is a time for reflection — and this year I’ve concluded that North Dakota is in a better place, economically at least, than it probably has ever been.
Except, perhaps, during the Bonanza farming period.
It’s appropr…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Jacobs: Comparing the Bonanza era and the Bakken boom

December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

The end of the year always is a time for reflection — and this year I’ve concluded that North Dakota is in a better place, economically at least, than it probably has ever been.
Except, perhaps, during the Bonanza farming period.
It’s appropr…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Jacobs: Parliamentary system would have avoided stalemate

October 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Were you looking for an argument in favor of a parliamentary rather than a congressional system of government? Continue Reading

Jacobs: Growth brings traffic — and other crazy things

October 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Whenever I drive in western North Dakota, I feel that an accident is about to happen and I’m going to be in it. Traffic is definitely one impact of the oil boom. Continue Reading

Jacobs: Newspapers emerge from manufacturing process

September 23, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

It’s easy to forget that the newspaper is essentially a manufactured item until something in the manufacturing process breaks down. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: Downtown looks up as New Year dawns

January 5, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

After last week’s pessimistic look at the New Year, a faithful reader send a terse message. “Look on the bright side,” the reader said, and that’s what I’ve resolved to do. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: Optimism in short supply this New Year

December 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The beginning of another year is supposed to be an optimistic time, but optimism is hard to muster this New Year. The news of the last month has been unbearable sad and unbelievably frustrating. Nor do the portents bode well. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: An elephant shows up in North Dakota’s press room

December 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Big change is under way in the news business in North Dakota, including the Associated Press’ loss of a longtime legislative reporter to a new media venture. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: Grand Forks farewell highlights Conrad’s personal attributes

December 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Saturday’s event showed off the senator’s emphasis on planning, his compulsive attention to detail, his intuitive grasp of big issues, his toughness, his sense of humor and his improbable optimism. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: New Vision project draws ideas, creates anticipation

November 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Like a lot of other people, I’m feeling a keen sense of anticipation about NV360. And there are a lot of people. Far more have taken part in NV360 than any other similar community involvement project has managed to attract here. Continue Reading