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

Joy Sports sources: Mourinho wants Baba Rahman deal done before Aug 2

first_imgJose Mourinho has told Chelsea’s management that the signing of Ghana star Baba Abdul Rahman must be done before the Community Shield is played. A club official familiar with the move told Joy Sports on Friday night: “At this point it is definitely not a question of if and as much as it is when,” she said.”Rahman really wants to be at Chelsea but the usual fineprints are what we’re looking at. It’s about what we can offer, tax components and things like that,” the source goes on.This comes days after a senior Augsburg official had categorically stated that the club will accept nothing but the €20 million they’ve always been asking for the 21-year old.CLICK TO READ: Augsburg playing hardball with ChelseaThe source also confirmed Joy Sports’ report on July 5 that Roma had initially reached an agreement with the player on a 5-year deal worth €2.2 million a year.  Also, it has been confirmed that the English Premier League champions could not get the deal because they wanted to offer €1.8 million in annual wages and €15 million to Augsburg.But with Chelsea facing Arsenal on August 2, the Blues boss wants his team set and good to go as he seeks to defend the Premier League trophy.To this end, a meeting between Chelsea, Augsburg and Rahman’s reps is slated for early next week, “most likely by Tuesday” the source says. CLICK HERE TO READ: Rahman agrees Roma agreement The interest in BabaThe player’s rise has been meteoric, as he joined Augsburg from Greuther Fürth only last summer. And a summer before was playing in Ghana.He has also been the subject of inquiries from Juventus, Internazionale and Atlético Madrid after an impressive season in the Bundesliga.”You must understand that the gaffer is looking long-term now. Considering his ambition to win the Champions League in two years, he’s looking at a solid mix that can withstand the pressures of all competitions,” the source explains.That will explain the dogged interest in the former Dreams FC player to replace the outgoing Filipe Luis, who is set to return to Atletico Madrid for £11 million just a year after moving to Stamford Bridge. As has been usual throughout these rumours, the player’s reps in Ghana have declined comment.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more