North Dakota hospitals are preparing for an increase in covid-19 cases in rural parts of the state. This week, Governor Burgum and rural health care providers discussed what is needed for hospitals outside of our metro areas. As the pandemic overwhelms our health care systems in urban hot-spots, rural hospitals have faced prolonged challenges to […]
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About Tyler Axness
Tyler Axness is the creator of NDx and a radio talk show host on KFGO in Fargo. Axness is a former North Dakota State Senator who is experienced, trusted, and followed. Axness lays out the landscape of politics on the plains of North Dakota and the impact of national politics on the region.
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The $2 trillion CARES Act sets aside a little over $23 billion directed to support farmers and ranchers. The move to soften the financial impacts of convid-19 is welcomed, but questions remain. With little oversight and direction, how will Sonny Perdue and the USDA distribute the relief? We cannot let recent history repeat itself. There […]
North Dakota is facing a stark budget outlook. The agriculture economy has seen low commodity prices, frustrating weather, and loss of trade markets. Oil prices are hovering around $24 per barrel leading to a slow down in the Bakken. Couple this with the unprecedented economic and health disruptions from covid-19 and Governor Burgum along with […]
Business and commerce look a lot different these days. Restaurants and bars are prohibited from allowing dine-in. Some have adapted to curbside service when available. Others have locked the doors in hopes to financially manage until the executive order expires. Other places deemed essential, like grocery stores, are allowed to stay open for consumer needs. […]
Governor Burgum has ordered bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms, and other recreational venues to close starting at noon March 20th to April 6th. North Dakota now joins neighboring states who had already enacted the order. The difficult move is necessary to “flatten the curve” of covid-19. Yet, the decision and its roll out lead to more […]
So it seems one of the greatest experiments ever is starting to happen as I write this. That is the growing number of people trying to work from home during the “quarantine” requirements happening throughout the world right now. While there are multiple types of industries that have done this over the years with newer […]
In North Dakota, we joke there are two seasons, winter and construction. With the unprecedented situation brought on by the covid-19, people in construction are looking for certainty. The transition to construction season has started. What happens if projects are delayed, or worse canceled? Are workers able to extend unemployment? Will they be eligible at […]
March 17 is set to host primary presidential voting in four states. Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. As of this writing, Ohio has rescheduled its March 17 vote to June 2nd. Louisiana and Georgia have already postponed their vote from their original dates. Ohio Governor DeWine questions how we can be telling people to stay […]
Governor Doug Burgum spoke to North Dakotans about state plans to slow down the spread of covid-19 (coronavirus). The press conference came the morning after the ND Department of Health confirmed the first case in the state. Burgum delivered remarks, facts, and plans to his residents in a cool, calm, collected manner. It was the […]
For a little over 3 years NDx has explained ND politics. We broke news, other media followed, and we asked questions it seemed nobody else would. Some of that work led to better outcomes in public policy. And though we may not have always agreed, I want to thank those of you who interacted and […]
About ND xPlains
ND xPlains is about transparency and accountability for all sides in the arena of North Dakota politics. It is a place to come for the rest of the story. The narrative created by a void of an independent perspective will be challenged. If you’re tired of having the same thinly stretched slant thrown at you and are looking for other voices, you’ve come to the right place.
Created and written by Tyler Axness, a former North Dakota State Senator, he is able to provide a unique perspective on current topics and breaking news, dive into the back-room conversations taking place by decision makers, and elevate your voice on the plains. Through collaboration with trusted colleagues in-state and other sources nationally, he provides up-to-date content you can trust, enjoy, and share.
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