Arena ice suffers a mortal coil problem


June 23, 2023

Jana Peterson

A mechanical problem in keeping ice at Northwoods Arena means it will sit empty this summer. A temporary fix won't be in place until the fall. Long-range plans would completely revamp the cooling system at the popular arena.

When Justin Harriman went to check on the hockey arena over Memorial Day weekend, he knew immediately something wasn't quite right.

"I went in and checked on things and found an issue with the ice plant," said Harriman, the facilities manager and association director for the Cloquet Amateur Hockey Association, which operates both the Northwoods Credit Union Arena and the older Pine Valley Arena next door. He got on the phone to Jay Koenig from Gartner Refrigeration.

"After they were able to get someone to open the tower up, we found that the main cooling grid was leaking pretty severely," Harr...

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