GRAND FORKS—Don't be fooled by North Dakota's comparatively flat terrain, says John Bluemle, retired North Dakota state geologist. The state's geology has a Rocky Mountain-sized impact, especially where energy resources are concerned. In your 2016 book, "North Dakota's Geologic Legacy," you offer a vivid model of geologic time — one that you credit to Donald Schwert, professor emeritus of geology at North Dakota State University. Could you share it with us, please?
In his State of the Union address in 1992, President George H.W. Bush condemned a federal grant that was bound for North Dakota to build “a Lawrence Welk museum.” A Grand Forks Herald editorial responded this way: “Bush’s words were meant to stir up antagonism against excessive and wasteful federal spending. It’s a good target. “But the grant Bush referred to was neither excessive nor wasteful.