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

UFC: Justin Gaethje baits Conor McGregor for a future fight by ridiculing his comeback

first_img 9 months ago Jorge Masvidal feels Conor McGregor is “scared” of him; comments on his UFC return FOLLOW US First Published: 6th December, 2019 08:51 IST Conor McGregor is going to make his UFC return on January 18, 2020 against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 and fans are thrilled to see him fight again. However, the much-awaited welterweight clash makes no sense to Justin Gaethje. ‘The Highlight’ is currently at the third spot of the lightweight rankings and he believes that McGregor needs a valid victory in the lightweight division to get his hands on the 155 lbs belt.Also Read | Salt Bae Challenges Conor McGregor And Khabib Nurmagomedov To Fight, Eyes UFC DebutUFC: Justin Gaethje mocks Conor McGregor’s returnConor McGregor had an unsuccessful attempt at the lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Irish giant has been out of the sport since then, but he kept on popping names to stay relevant in the news. While Conor McGregor’s UFC return was still in jeopardy, lightweight contender Justin Gaethje expressed his urge to face the former double champion. Well, after beefing with almost every top lightweights, ‘The Notorious One’ chose to go against Donald Cerrone in the welterweight division.Justin Gaethje is coming off straight with three TKO victories and he feels that Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone is a “freak show”. In a recent interview with Luke Thomas, the number three-ranked lightweight claimed that he doesn’t know what to make out of the matchup. He is even more confused with Conor McGregor’s move towards the welterweight unit since a victory against Donald Cerrone is not going to guarantee McGregor a title shot in the lightweight division as far as the ‘The Highlight’ is concerned. WE RECOMMEND Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor’s Diet Plan Ahead Of 2020 Comeback Will Inspire YouAlso Read | Jorge Masvidal Feels Conor McGregor Is “scared” Of Him; Comments On His UFC Return 9 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor’s diet plan ahead of 2020 comeback will inspire you 9 months ago Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone: UFC fan offers a sneak peek into the future SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 9 months ago Salt Bae challenges Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight, eyes UFC debut Raj Sarkar COMMENT Written By 9 months ago UFC: Justin Gaethje analyses the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson LIVE TV Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 08:51 IST UFC: Justin Gaethje Baits Conor McGregor For A Future Fight By Ridiculing His Comeback Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor have never faced each other and “The Highlight’ slammed McGregor for opting to fight in the 170 lbs division. Know more here Also Read | UFC: Justin Gaethje Analyses The Fight Between Khabib Nurmagomedov And Tony FergusonUFC: Justin Gaethje statusKhabib Nurmagomedov is currently dominating the entire lightweight division and he is expected to face Tony Ferguson in April. Well, Justin Gaethje can expect to get his title shot once ‘The Eagle’ and ‘el Cucuy’ get done with each other. Take a look at Justin Gaethje’s iconic moments inside the Octagon.last_img read more