In just over a month, Red Bull’s Crashed Ice will return to St. Paul. Athletes will fly down the icy, quarter mile track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour. Training can take months and the recent December warm up, when temperatures reached the 50s, is having an impact on how athletes are getting ready for the competition.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says there’s just one thing keeping them from opening ice rinks in the city — the weather. City officials say park crews require temperatures at 20 degrees or below non-stop for 10-straight days in order to make ice to open their 47 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.
Some of the people shoveling snow earlier today had skates on. They’re the ones keeping the Red Bull Crashed Ice Course clear for the competitors.
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.
The Red Bull Crashed Ice track is going up right now in St. Paul. The frozen course sends racers up to 40 miles per hour down a twisted frozen course. The races are on Feb. 22, but before the event, some local folks have been inspired to try it at home. Cole Meyer iced over a giant hill at his parent’s house in Buffalo to re-create the course.
Three weeks from tonight, dozens of daredevils on skates return to St. Paul. They’ll be racing down icy slopes and around sharp turns near the Cathedral.
For late December in Minnesota, it can’t get much better then Saturday’s weather. There was sunshine, and a high temperature that broke a 117-year-old record. Aaron Howe of Independence tried to fend off snowballs thrown by his two children. “It’s been fantastic. We grilled out last night, and it’s kind of a nice warm spell to have in Minnesota after the holidays,” Howe said.
The Minnesota Vikings’ final game at the Metrodome is Sunday, but they aren’t the only ones moving out. After 24 years, Minnesotans have been lacing up their skates and hitting the concourses for the RollerDome. But Monday night’s skate was the second to last inside the dome. After Friday, the RollerDome will be history.
For many people, balancing on two ice skates is tough enough, but one Minnesota man adds four feet to the challenge — his name is Tall Ike.
With the boys state hockey tournament less than a week away, young athletes are looking for any opportunity to hone their skills on the ice.
It’s winter in Minnesota and that means snowstorms, bitter, cold days, and below freezing nights. But, it also means nights huddled next to a fire, sipping on hot chocolate and letting your significant other warm you up.
One of the newer extreme winter sports is coming to downtown St Paul in January.
Twin Cities ad agency, OLSON, was recently named one of the fastest growing companies in the United State by INC. Magazine. They attribute their commitment to new media as one of the main reasons for their remarkable growth.
The Minnesota Wild are planning an outdoor practice.