The city of Minneapolis says workers need ten consecutive days of temperatures below 20 degrees to create and open rinks.
It’s a big day of hockey around the state. For the fourth year, Minnesota Hockey is participating in Try Hockey For Free Day. The event is designed to welcome kids ages 4 to 9 to lace up the skates and give hockey a try.
Near the town of Carlos, you’ll find frozen farmland as far as the eye can see. But on Pat Waldorf’s farm, things are starting to heat up. “Needed a place to skate other than the rink in town. Needed a little more ice time, so we thought ‘Why not get some buddies together and build our own rink?'” Waldorf said. Using a “if you build it, they will come” mentality, Waldorf decided to build a hockey rink in the middle of a farm.
Hockey players, figure skaters and those just looking to hit the ice have relied on Parade Ice Garden since the 1970s.
There’s a guy in Circle Pines watching the weather very closely. He’s the supervisor of the biggest indoor ice-skating complex in the country.