2019 Torchlight Parade Marshal – Scott Skogen
Scott Skogen was born at Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI, in 1964. He was raised by his parents, Bing and Carolyn Skogen, in Onalaska, WI, where he graduated from Onalaska High School. He was recruited to play college golf by the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.
During his junior year in seminary, Scott returned to North Presbyterian Church in LaCrosse, WI, where he did a year long internship under Rev. Allen Townsend, the 1998 Maple Leaf Parade Marshal.
Following seminary, Scott served First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, TX, from 1991-2000. Scott returned to North Presbyterian Church in LaCrosse, WI, in August 2000, and he has been their pastor for the past 19 years.
Scott has coached the Onalaska High School golf team for the last 18 years. He is active in the community where he leads a variety of worship services at different care facilities, community events and the La Crosse County Jail.
Scott is married to his wife, Debby, and they have two children, Ben and Annie. Ben is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was a member of the Badger Golf Team. Ben is currently employed by Festival Foods in Onalaska, WI. Annie is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is studying fashion and recently returned from a successful internship in New York City this past summer.
Scott is proud to represent the North Side. He feels this award is shared with both his family and church family, for both make it possible for him to serve the community in so many different ways.
Former Torchlight Parade Marshals
|Year||Torchlight Parade Marshal|
|2000||Bud Loomis & Dave Loomis*|
|1995||Randy Eddy, Sr.|
Parade Marshal Nomination
Know Someone that should “Lead the Way?” Nominate a Parade Marshal today using the Parade Marshal nomination form!
Submit your nomination for a 2020 Parade Marshal by completing the online form linked below.
Your nominee should be a person who:
- has contributed positively to the good of the community through leadership and outstanding accomplishments
- is someone of good character that is well-respected
- is a resident for at least 10 years within 20-mile radius of La Crosse
- is actively involved and well-known in La Crosse community
- is well-known, well-liked, friendly and outgoing
- has the time to devote to Oktoberfest activities!