Coming soon: Indoor ice


September 15, 2023

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Workers from Boldt Construction help maneuver the new cooling tower into place outside Northwoods Credit Union Arena Monday. A new cooling tower had to be specially fabricated to replace the one that failed in late May.

The long summer without ice at Cloquet's Northwoods Credit Union Arena is coming to a close, with delivery and installation of a new cooling tower completed earlier this week.

Facilities manager Justin Harriman expects to have ice within two weeks, which should allow the Minnesota Wilderness junior hockey team to come back home and youth and high school hockey seasons to progress as normal.

Harriman said the cooling tower works like a giant car radiator, cooling the freon after it passes under the ice. On Wednesday they were in the final testing phases of the new equipment.

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