A fifth-generation South Dakotan, Haugen is a recovering journalist living in the Black Hills with his wife, three teenagers, two dogs and Johnny Depp, the pet rabbit.
Haugen is a former newspaper reporter, editor, sportswriter, publisher and award-winning columnist. He has lived throughout South Dakota - in Montrose, Canton, Sioux Falls and Valley Springs. He's worked at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Tri-State Neighbor and owned the Tea & Harisburg Champion newspaper in Tea. In addition to several free-lance writing gigs, he also had brief forays across state lines and worked at newspapers in Windom and Luverne, Minn., and Rock Valley, Iowa. Haugen is also an avid runner and gardener.
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Montgomery Loveland had the name of a lawyer, mind of a doctor and soul of a poet, but he's none of those. He's known by all who are fortunate enough to know him as Juicy, homeless by choice, unemployed on principle, and wise by necessity. Citizens of Sioux Falls, SD, come to appreciate their homeless prince as he saves their zoo and shows city hall a man is not measured by the size of his home.
As the sequel to "Joshua's Ladder," this novel will allow Joshua readers to feel better about that dramatic ending.
In "Amy's Ladder," Amy navigates the troubled waters of her relationships with her father, Gen. Levi Johnson, and her fiance, Joshua Miller. She returns to Spearfish, SD, and encounters schemers, dreamers and murderers as she finally tries to make her way down the wedding aisle.
Hitchhiker 3 - Wendy
This is the third in a series of short stories where Lincoln Anderson shows he is a sucker for thumbs stuck out along the highway. This time he has his hands full with Wendy, who is out to prove her love for Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees in a very unique, and some would say insane, way.
Hitchhiker 2 - Marvin
This is the second in a series of short stories where Lincoln Anderson shows he is a sucker for thumbs stuck out along the highway. Some of his riders provide for serious conversations, others more on the silly side. Today Lincoln picks up Marvin, who is just a tad bit paranoid about Lincoln's intentions, as well as just about everybody else's.
This is the first in a series of short stories where Lincoln Anderson shows he is a sucker for thumbs stuck out along the highway. He picks up these hitchhikers and often ends up learning as much about himself as he does about them.
Today, he picks up a man claiming to be Jesus Christ. Together they drive from Rapid City to Denver and Lincoln's life is changed forever.
Joshua's Ladder follows Joshua Miller from depths of despair to heights of love; from South Dakota to Florida. Along the way Joshua's love for the woman he saved from drowning is unquestionable, friendships he made unflappable, but his demons unmoveable. Joshua's trip up and down life's ladder is filled with love, humor and tears - much like ours. Can he handle it better than we do? Or worse?