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Dave Olson, Published July 03 2013

Former Rep. Arlan Stangeland dies; son remembers his 'love of people'

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Arlan Stangeland, who served as Minnesota’s 7th Congressional representative from 1977 to 1990, died Tuesday in Detroit Lakes, Minn., at the age of 83.

Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.

The funeral home’s director, Duane Morey, said Stangeland died at Essentia Health St. Mary’s hospital after a sudden illness.

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who unseated Stangeland in 1990 after Stangeland had served 13 years in Congress, said this morning that despite being political rivals he and Stangeland maintained a friendship over the years.

“I just saw him a couple of months ago. He looked great,” Peterson said, adding that Stangeland did a good job when he served the 7th District.

“I didn’t always agree with his political positions, but he worked hard and I think represented the district well on the agriculture committee,” Peterson said.

Stuart Stangeland, the former Congressman’s youngest son, remembered his father as someone who made friends easily.

“The greatest thing about him was his love of people. There was never a stranger he couldn’t talk to,” Stangeland said.

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