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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jerry Skogmo (Inducted 1986)

Jerry Skogmo Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
 
      In the late 1960s Jerry Skogmo established himself as a leader in Otter athletics, namely football, basketball, and track. He was ahead of his time in physical fitness, lifting weights and keeping a disciplined schedule many years before weight training became commonplace in high school athletics.
      A standout football player for coach Don Stueve, Skogmo was MVP for the Otters and also won all-state honors as a lineman. In the spring of 1968, his senior year, Skogmo gained statewide recognition by winning the shot put competition at the state track meet.
      At 6-1, his outstanding strength and rebounding ability in basketball made him the logical choice as center his junior and senior years under coach Dennis Anderson. MVP his senior year, this honor was also attained by his younger brother, Jeff, in 1972.
      After high school Skogmo enrolled at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, where he was a defensive end from 1968 to 1971. He was an all-conference choice in football at UND for two seasons and was also on the Sioux track squad from 1969 to 1972.
      Today Skogmo is a resident of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and works as an assistant director at Ecker Center for Mental Health in Elgin, Illinois. He and his wife, Melinda, have two sons, Jonathan, and Michael.
      Skogmo's mother and father, Ann and the late Arnie Skogmo, operated Skogmo's Cafe in downtown Fergus Falls for many years, a popular gathering place for Fergus teenagers in the late 1950s and 1960s. Arnie Skogmo was also active with the town baseball program in Fergus, in addition to golf.
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