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Dan Skogen
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Candidate for
Minnesota State Senate District 8
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate District 10
Campaign website
Dan Skogen (b. December 14, 1957) was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member of the Minnesota State Senate, and was a 2012 candidate for the same chamber in the 8th District. He was elected to the 10th District seat in 2006, with his term expiring in 2010. He was defeated in the November 2, 2010, general election. He served as the Majority Whip.

Skogen received his degree in Radio Broadcasting from Thief River Falls Technical College. Skogen is a former Radio Broadcaster and currently is a beef farmer when the legislature is not in session.


Campaign themes

Skogen's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"We must stop borrowing from our public schools to balance our budgets."

Environment and Natural Resources

  • Excerpt:"It is critical that we protect, preserve and enhance our natural resources, while protecting our right to hunt and fish."

Jobs and Economic Growth

  • Excerpt:"It is important to make sure that we reduce mandates and permitting time to provide flexibility for the job creators in Greater Minnesota."

Agriculture and Transportation

  • Excerpt:"We need to continue to allow farmers to do their work while protecting the integrity of the land, water and air."

Health and Human Services

  • Excerpt:"It is important in a civil society to prioritize and keep in place the safety nets that make us an honorable and compassionate society. "

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Skogen was a member of these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Skogen ran for the 8th District Senate seat in 2012. He ran unopposed in the August 14 primary, and was defeated by 11th District incumbent Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Ingebrigtsen Incumbent 52.9% 22,693
     Democratic Dan Skogen 47.1% 20,197
Total Votes 42,890


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Skogen lost re-election to the 10th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Gretchen Hoffman ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]


On November 7, 2006, Skogen won election to the 10th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Cal Larson (R).[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 10 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Skogen (DFL) 17,530 55.23%
Cal Larson (R) 14,191 44.71%
Write-In 18 0.06%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Skogen collected $69,198 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $10,432
Dan Skogen $2,966
Otter Tail County DFL $2,000
Wadena County DFL $1,350
Senate DFL Caucus $1,000

District 10

Skogen represented Minnesota Senate District 10. District 10 includes the Fergus Falls Region[7].


Dan is married to Nee Skogen. The have two children and reside in Hewitt, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
Gretchen Hoffman (R)