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Deputy Skoog promoted

A longtime Becker County deputy has been promoted to investigator.

Daniel Skoog has been a patrol deputy with the sheriff's office for more than 14 years. He spent a year as a Park Rapids police officer prior to that.

He earned his law enforcement degree from Alexandria Technical College.

He and his wife, Tina, have eight children, from newborn to age 11. They live in the Wolf Lake area.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Skoog said of becoming an investigator. "It's different than patrol work. I like the challenge -- it's like putting a puzzle together."

Over the years, Skoog said he has focused as much of his training as possible on investigation work.

He was promoted after an internal testing and interview process at the sheriff's office. He starts later this month.

Skoog replaces John Seiling, a longtime investigator for the sheriff's office, who was recently named chief deputy.

Seiling is filling the vacancy left by Kelly Shannon, who was named sheriff for the remaining two years of Tim Gordon's term.