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Duluth Heights Community Looking Forward to New Rink

Brandon Weathers
Updated: February 17, 2020 07:05 PM

The Duluth Heights Community Center will be one of only two communities across the state to receive a new ice rink from a Minnesota Wild contest.

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For hockey moms like Tammy Udd, the new rink will expand the resource her kids get regular use out of. "I have three who come out and play on the ice on a daily basis," Udd said, “I'm so excited. I'm so happy for all of the kids involved."

Her son Dawson said, "I've played here all my life, so I really wanted it."

The online contest is a combined effort from Minnesota Wild, U.S. Bank, and EZ Ice. The winners were decided by popular vote, so Duluth Heights families rose to the challenge and voted daily.

Udd said, "Every day, and you had everybody in your entire family doing it and you asked all of your friends to go on and vote for you."

In about two weeks, they generated more than 32,000 votes. Duluth Heights rink director Zak Radzak said, "That's a lot of people taking that short amount of time every day to show support for Duluth Heights, so that shows the support we're getting here at the Heights. I think it's uncanny."

Starting next season, they'll have a 40 by 80 foot pop-up rink on the baseball field.

Radzak said, "In probably a couple of hours you'll set the rink up, and then it comes down in the summer time. It leaves no footprint behind, so it'll be a perfect fit for us here at the Heights."

The future for the Community Center building remains uncertain. Further discussion is needed with the City of Duluth to determine the plan for needed renovations and how they will be funded.

Based on the substantial community support that earned Duluth Heights the new rink, Radzak has renewed hope. He said, "I think the future is gonna be bright for the Duluth Heights."

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