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Open skating, hockey is back

Open skating and open hockey near the former community center site started Friday, Dec. 17.

Open skating with no sticks or pucks runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Open hockey runs Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All open skating and open hockey will be on the practice rink, or the former outdoor rink.

Matt Lunde of the Hockey Association presented the open skating and open hockey hours to the Wadena City Council on Tuesday's meeting after having shown them to Public Works Director Ron Bucholz.

"They're planning a fun day Saturday," Lunde said. "They're going to roast some hot dogs and invite some of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts troops. ... We'll have skates on site to rent for the public."

The rink is the former outside rink which was at the community center site, Lunde said.

"The practice rink is almost a full sheet of hockey ice. We'll have nets on it for open hockey. It's well-lit. We're going to actually paint it. It won't have lines on it but the white paint will be applied. Most kids won't know the difference. It's a nice rink," Lunde said.

There will be a warming house, heated port-a-potty, concessions and a pop machine.

"The volunteer parents will be well versed in knowing what to look for and make sure the rules are followed," Lunde said.

Council member Don Niles complimented the Hockey Association on thousands of hours of work for setting up the rink.

"You're making good out of a bad situation," Mayor Wayne Wolden added.

Lunde said he and his 7-year-old son have adapted well to using an outdoor hockey rink after the tornado.