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

Motorcycle Accident In Batesville On S.R. 46

first_imgBATESVILLE – Police, fire and EMS are on the scene of a motorcycle accident on S.R. 46 and the Pearl Street intersection Tuesday afternoon.It is not initially known if any other vehicles are involved or if the crash resulted in any injuries.Emergency crews were paged out around 4:30 p.m. and the wreck is resulting in traffic tie-ups.Stay tuned to WRBI for new details in this developing story.last_img

Germany Coach Tips Spain as Favourite for Russia 2018 Glory

first_img“It will be a game in which both teams will want to show what they can do,” said Low.“However, neither will want to lay their cards on the table. If we were to play Spain at the World Cup, it would be a very different game and we know they are a top team in every respect.“Their best 11 to 13 players come from Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, uniting all these virtues. You have Atletico’s pressing game, Real’s high speed and quick counter-attack with Barca’s possession.“That unites the national team and, for me, they are one of the top favourites.”Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remains sidelined with a fractured foot, so Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal for Germany.World Cup winners Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller – all of whom play for Bayern Munich, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will all start on Friday.Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus misses out with a groin problem and team-mate Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, is also unavailable.Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro are not in Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad, casting doubt on their World Cup hopes.Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been recalled to the side for the first time since June 2016.The two teams face further high-profile friendlies on Tuesday, with Germany taking on Brazil in Berlin and Spain hosting Argentina in Madrid.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Spain are one of the “top favourites” to win this year’s World Cup in Russia, according to Joachim Low, manager of defending champions Germany.Four-time winners Germany face Spain, whose sole World Cup win came in 2010, in a friendly in Dusseldorf on Friday.Germany won all 10 of their qualifiers for this summer’s tournament, while Spain had nine wins and a draw.last_img read more