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Canova man, former District 8 hopeful pleads not guilty to prostitution charge

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Canova man charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Clay County, Minn., court.

David Skoglund, 61, was arrested in early April during a prostitution sting in Moorhead, Minn. He was running for a seat in the South Dakota state Legislature for District 8, which covers Sanborn, Miner, Lake and Moody counties, and part of Minnehaha County. After the charge, Skoglund dropped out of the race for state Legislature.

Mark Hayes, 58, of Harwood, N.D., also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a solicitation of prostitution charge. Hayes is the information technology director at Forum Communications Co., which owns The Daily Republic.

Skoglund and Hayes have the same attorney, Daniel Edward Hopper, who appeared on their behalf to enter the not guilty pleas. A July jury trial was set in each case.