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Minot Police Officer Retires

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Sgt. Larry Haug of the Minot Police Department has served the Minot community well for the past 25 years.

It was a bittersweet day for Sgt. Larry Haug as he wraps up his final day in the police force.

"The main thing is how fast it's gone by. All the calls, the training, just patrolling, it's gone really quick. A lot faster than I thought it would," says Sgt. Larry Haug.

Sgt. Haug started his career back in 1988 where he made his break into police department. Along with a job, he also made some lasting bonds.

"It's one of those things where it's kind of a brotherhood in law enforcement. Larry is one of my best friends," says Chief Jason Olson.

Chief Olson and Sgt. Haug actually started their journey together.

"I was a 21-year-old kid and he was in his mid 30's at the time. So, he has a little more life experience than me at the time. So, in a way Larry has been kind of a mentor throughout my life. As a matter of a fact he's the godfather of all three of my children," says Chief Olson.

"It's been a great ride down here with all the people I've worked with. It's been great," says Haug.

Throughout his career, he worked in crime prevention, on patrol and as a field training officer. But, some of his most memorable moments came from working on the bomb squad.

"We've had to deal with some very hazardous materials, hazardous devices in very unusual places. And, we needed to be very creative as any bomb squad does to handle those situations. So, that has probably been one of my most interesting facets of my career," says Haug.

However, he says it wouldn't be possible without his support team.

"They have to be home a lot of the times; when officers are working nights, weekends, and holidays. They're away on training. And, they worry too about what's going on. They read about things, they hear and to a good support from your family is very, very valuable. And, that's helped me a lot," says Haug.

While he is retiring from the police force, he's still playing an active role in the community.

"I'm taking over the position as Ward County 911 addressing coordinator," says Haug.

After serving the community for a quarter of a century, Chief Olson says he will be truly missed.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet what it's going to be like when he's gone," says Chief Olson.

Although he's trading in his badge, Haug says he's looking forward to starting the next chapter in his life.

The Police Department had a retirement party for Haug this afternoon where he was presented a plague in his honor.

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