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Senator Skogen named dairy 'Legislator of Year'

Senator Dan Skogen (DFL, Hewitt, MN) was selected as the 2008 Dairy Legislator of the Year by Minnesota Milk Producers Association. The award was announced during Minnesota Milk's annual Awards Banquet held during the Midwest Dairy Expo on December 9 in St. Cloud, Minn.

The award is presented by Minnesota Milk every year to a legislator who demonstrates their support for dairy producers, the dairy industry and rural Minnesota by their actions at the State Capitol.

Skogen, representing portions of Otter Tail, Wadena and Becker County, was first elected to the Senate in 2006. As a freshman Senator, he was the chief author of the Livestock Investment Grant Program and successfully ushered the bill through to final passage this last year. His special legislative concerns include the environment, agriculture and education.

Skogen holds an Audio Communications degree from Thief River Falls Technical College and is a radio broadcaster in Wadena.

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association is the "Voice of Minnesota's Dairy Industry" and serves as the grassroots organization for dairy producers. Its mission is to promote a positive image for the dairy industry while protecting dairy producer's business interests and way of life.