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

Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’

first_img“This felt so good, not doing (anything) for a year and things like that,” Bell said. “I’m excited.”It was amazing, just running around and being able to trash talk and catch some balls, and just sweat in your helmet, and things we take for granted when you’re playing. To have that whole year off, and to come out here and play football again, it felt so good.” Le’Veon Bell seemingly found a new friend in coach Adam Gase.The running back made his first appearance with the Jets at the start of minicamp and told media Tuesday he and Gase are texting buddies.  Jets’ Le’Veon Bell makes appearance at mandatory minicamp Bell, 27, signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Jets in March. It was later rumored Gase did not want to spend big money on a running back, but he has since denied that.Those rumors though didn’t affect the two men’s relationship. Related Newscenter_img “This is a business,” Bell said, via ESPN. “Even if the report was true, obviously he doesn’t feel like I’m not a great player.”Maybe he just feels like, ‘Dang, maybe we could’ve got more great players.’ I don’t know. What I’m saying is, me and him, our relationship is great.”Bell chose to skip voluntary workouts in April and announced on social media in May he would join the team when it was “time to play football.” He arrived at the team’s facility Monday ahead of the mandatory practice scheduled Tuesday.He spent his offseason training in South Florida and said he and Gase have been communicating during that time. Bell would send the newly minted Jets coach video of his workouts while Gase sent Bell clips from the Jets’ practices.”There have been false reports about me, so I don’t really buy into reports,” Bell said. “I talk to him. He tells me what’s going on. The communication is there, that’s all that matters.”Bell totaled 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns through his first five NFL seasons.He notably sat out all of 2018 after he refused to sign the franchise tag.Bell is expected to improve a Jets team that finished last season with a 4-12 record and ranked 26th in rushing yards. Jets’ Sam Darnold ‘really pumped about’ playing with Le’Veon Belllast_img read more