David Andahl, 55, Dies; Elected Posthumously in North Dakota

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Andahl won the endorsement of two of the state’s most influential Republicans, Gov. Doug Burgum and Senator Kevin Cramer, with Senator Cramer telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he backed Mr. Andahl “because we need more Trump Republicans in the state legislature.”But at the same time, the deadly coronavirus was surging across the country, especially in North Dakota. Mr. Andahl, who already had unspecified health issues, was cautious about the virus, his family wrote on Facebook. But in late September he became ill and was hospitalized in Bismarck. On Oct. 5, with the election a month away, he died after “a short battle with Covid-19,” the family said. He was 55.At that point, it was too late to take his name off the ballot. On Nov. 3, the residents of District 8, a sprawling rural area north of Bismarck, elected him posthumously to the legislature.- Advertisement – This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.He was known as “Dakota Dave,” a walking, talking billboard for his home state of North Dakota.- Advertisement – This year, he sought to take a step up by running for the state House of Representatives. Mr. Andahl cleared the first hurdle, winning a heated Republican primary in June against a longtime incumbent, state Representative Jeff Delzer, chairman of the powerful appropriations committee. David Dean Andahl was passionate about farming, cattle ranching and racecar driving, a sport he pursued at tracks around the world. He was also president of Dakota Sports Marketing, where he promoted the state’s economic and tourism opportunities.And he was interested in politics. A member of the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission for 16 years, he served as chairman for eight.center_img – Advertisement – A political squabble ensued over how to fill the seat. The governor sought to make an appointment but was blocked by the attorney general. The matter was unresolved and is in court, Loren DeWitz, chairman of the District 8 Republican Party, said in a phone interview. At an outdoor memorial service for Mr. Andahl, he was remembered for being a man of his word; for his love of his dogs, Bear, Zeus and Hank; and for his willingness to lend a hand, whether, as one friend put it, “building a deck, borrowing a tool, hauling many loads of dirt or just being there to drink and listen.” His drink of choice was Glenlivet single malt.Mr. Andahl was born on Oct. 30, 1964, in Bismarck. He obtained his associate’s degree from Bismarck State College and studied animal science at North Dakota State University. His survivors include his parents, Ronald and Patricia Andahl; his sister, Darcy; and his son, Charles (Tia) Lacy.Mr. Andahl was also a partner and general manager of 4T Ranch, which has been in the Andahl family for three generations. As Bismarck grew, developers expressed interest in buying pieces of 4T Ranch. Instead of selling, the family created its own company, 4T Ranch Developers, Inc., with Mr. Andahl as president, and built a rural housing subdivision called “The Ranch.”last_img read more

Bizarre ending to regulation results in Clippers losing overtime heartbreaker to Portland

first_img“It would have been nice if he tipped it back in,” Paul said. “Also, it would have been nice if I had made the shot and it wouldn’t have come to that.”Coach Doc Rivers said that, absolutely, Jordan thought regulation was over when he grabbed the ball after Paul’s miss.“Yeah, clearly he did,” Rivers said.He was asked if he had every seen anything like that happen before.“No,” he said. “I don’t know if he could have gotten it up anyway with 0.7, but probably could have.”Jordan left before reporters could speak to him. The Clippers’ public relations department passed out a quote sheet with two short quotes, neither specifically addressing that play.“Tonight was a tough loss,” Jordan said. “We had our chances.”There was more than that to the loss, however.“We made a lot of mistakes down the stretch, that being one of them, obviously,” Rivers said. “But we gave up a couple of 3s, two 3s that just can never happen. You knew before the game, I told our staff that this cannot be an offensive game tonight for us because with having Blake out and having Jamal out, we had to make this a mudslinging, low-scoring game.“We accomplished that. And then the last two or three possessions we stopped defending and give up two 3s. Those can’t happen.”Wes Matthews made a 3-pointer to pull the Trail Blazers within 85-82 with 1:06 left in regulation. J.J. Redick made a layup for the Clippers, who then led 87-82. But a basket by Arron Afflalo and the 3-pointer by Batum tied the score and sent it into the extra period, where Rivers said his team’s crippled spirt played a role in the outcome.“I think the team is down about the loss,” he said. “I am down about the loss. What can we do? The game is over now and so we will watch film and get ready for the next game.”Paul scored 36 points and doled out 12 assists. But he was bummed out, big time, about the way things went in the final minutes of regulation.“We stopped playing,” he said. “We sort of started playing the clock instead of keep playing. I had a bad turnover there (with 1:11 to play). We should have kept the pressure on and we let them change the game.” Redick had 26 points for the Clippers, Spencer Hawes scored eight and Jordan had six points and 19 rebounds.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 for Portland, Batum scored 20. All-Star guard Damian Lillard had just five points and made just 1 of 13 from the field. But he had 18 rebounds as the Trail Blazers outrebounded the Clippers 61-51.As for Griffin, Rivers spoke in positive tones pregame about his possible return.“He’s better, a lot better,” Rivers said of Griffin, who had a staph infection from his right elbow surgically removed Feb. 9. “He’s working out, I can tell you that. He was doing some shooting yesterday, from what I hear; I didn’t actually see it.“So, yeah, there’s a chance for Sunday.”Rivers, speaking prior to tipoff, was if he believes Griffin will need a practice before playing in a game.“It would be important, obviously, but if they told me he was cleared to play and hadn’t had a practice, I’d still play him. You just figure even a rusty Blake is pretty good.“But it just so happens if he does play Sunday, we will have two practices (Friday and Saturday), so he’ll be able to get that.”Griffin is the team’s leading scorer at 22.5 points per game. It would have been difficult to imagine the Clippers going 7-3 through their first 10 games without forward Blake Griffin, especially considering that five of those victories came against playoff-bound teams such as Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis and Chicago.Don’t look now, but Griffin could be back as soon as Sunday when the Clippers travel to Golden State to take on the team with the NBA’s second-best record.That was the talk before the Clippers went out Wednesday night and lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Portland Trail Blazers 98-93 before 19,060 at Staples Center. A 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum with 21.1 seconds to play sealed the Clippers’ fate. Not only were the Clippers sans Griffin, Matt Barnes (hamstring) and Jamal Crawford (calf strain) also did not play.A victory would have leapfrogged the Clippers (40-22) over the Trail Blazers (40-19) into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. As it stands, the Clippers are still in fifth — tied with Dallas — 1 1/2 games behind Portland. The Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. The Trail Blazers have won four in succession.The Clippers led 85-75 with 2:53 to play in regulation, but they fell apart down the stretch and the Trail Blazers caught them at 87-87 on a 3-pointer by Batum with 25.1 seconds left. Chris Paul had a big turnover during that onslaught.Then, while trying to get one last shot for DeAndre Jordan, Paul made a pass behind Jordan that was touched by a Portland player with 2.8 seconds to play, 1.7 on the shot clock.Then things got crazy. Paul tried to bank in what would have been a game-winner and it rimmed out. Jordan grabbed the rebound as the shot-clock buzzer sounded. Jordan must have thought it was the horn to end regulation because he just held the ball as Paul was screaming at him to shoot it as there were still 0.7 seconds left, enough time for a tip-in. But it was too late.Paul afterward was asked to explain that bizarre sequence with Jordan.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more