January 10, 2018 Community news from the prairie to the lakes  
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  Elbow Lake public ice skating rink is now open
  Ivy Finglason is the warming house attendant.

The Elbow Lake public ice rink finally has ice and is open for ice skating. Warm weather in December delayed the opening of the Elbow Lake ice rink. The warmer than usual weather didn’t allow the ground to freeze solid, leading to a delay in making ice. Then when it was cold enough it was too cold, which does not allow for a smooth sheet of ice either. The city tries to have the rink ready for Christmas vacation so home-bound school kids can use it, but city crews are just now putting on the final layers of water for nice ice.

Meanwhile the Elbow Lake City Council is looking for someone to sharpen the estimated 50 to 60 pairs of ice skates it owns, and allows skaters to use on the rink. Sue Kulbeik, of Mohagens Hardware in Elbow Lake, told the council she will see if they have equipment for skate sharpening. The ice skates are stored and available, at the ice rink warming house. Ivy Fingalson was hired late last week to be the warming house attendant and the rink opened this past weekend. Rink hours will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Use of the Elbow Lake skating rink is free and open to anyone. It will be closed if temperatures are below zero. Notice will be given in the newspaper when the rink is ready to open.

Committee Reports
Mayor Deb Hengel, gave a report from the Law Enforcement Committee saying the committee is meeting with the Grant County Sheriff on a monthly basis to monitor the community policing contract. They are watching the hours spent and planning on what to do for snow emergencies. She said people who are parked on a street that is being plowed will be warned once and then given a ticket the second time.

The ordinance states that, in regards to snow plowing and/or removal, it is unlawful to park on any city street, or roadway between the house of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or until the street has been plowed, from November 1 through April 1.

Elbow Lake Fire Chief Nathan Porter reported that the department responded to six medical calls in December. He also said many in the department have had their EMT training expire but have six months to re-up and are doing so.

Chamber of Commerce representative Sue Kulbeik reported that membership dues will not change for the coming year and two new members have joined: LB Homes; and, Knute Nelson. She added that she will be writing articles for the Grant County Herald on a quarterly basis and the Lions received the money needed for the new fishing pier at Tipsinah Mounds Campground.

Thorson Memorial Library director Gail Hedstrom reported that there were 2,569 items checked out last month and 197 downloaded.

Hedstrom highlighted a number of upcoming public events at the library including: Jewelry Making Class on January 20; A book discussion on A Gentleman in Moscow on January 23; and the annual Library-a-Thon coming up April 13-14.

She explained the new children’s programming at the library will be unique from week to week and theme centered. There is a new time for Nursery Rhymes and Nibbles, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Swanson Room, and the Kid’s Adventure Book Club will be meeting the fourth Thursday of every month at 3:45 p.m.

Call the library for more information at 218-685-6850.

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