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Jailhouse Stories author Neil Haugerud dies

Haugerud is former sheriff of Fillmore County. He resided in Preston, Minnesota.

Jun 11, 2012

From the Rochester Post-Bulletin:

Neil Sherman Haugerud, 81, resident of Preston, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

Born in Canton, July 3, 1930, to Sherman and Anna (Armstrong) Haugerud, Neil grew up in rural Harmony and graduated from Harmony High School in 1948. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, from 1948-1952. Neil married Helen Anderson of Chatfield in 1954.

Neil lived a full and accomplished life. In addition to farming, Neil dedicated many years to political causes and a career serving Minnesota as Fillmore County Sheriff from 1959-1967 and as State Representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1969-1977. He was appointed by President Carter to serve as Chairman of the Upper Mississippi River Basin’s Commission from 1977-1981. He retired from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety where he had served from 1981-1993. Neil was also a professional in conflict resolution and successfully mediated many private and public cases.

He was an avid reader and a successful author having published "Jailhouse Stories," "Holiday Forever," and "Do It Yourself Probate," as well as numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals. Neil obtained his pilot’s license in 1955 and enjoyed many years with the local flying clubs. He also enjoyed fishing, traveling, and the occasional poker game; was a master storyteller, a blogger, and was considered an activist with a passion for politics.


Obituary and guest book available at the Star Tribune.