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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Air quality top priority in arena improvements

New Olympia ice surfacer part of Riverside Arena upgrades


January 18, 2018

Tim Peterson

Mayor Ted Shaw, Chris Michaels, representing the company that furnished the Olympia ice resurfacer, Rep. Mike Sundin, Dan Benzie of the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association, and Guyal Nelson (seated), manager of Riverside Area.

A new electric Olympia ice resurfacer was delivered to Riverside Arena in Moose Lake on Tuesday, January 9.

The new machine is the last of three upgrades to Riverside Arena in the past year to improve the air quality in the arena for participants in the hockey program, fans, building infrastructure and energy consumption of the compressors that freeze the ice.

Half of the funding to the city of Moose Lake, in partnership with the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association, for the upgrades was provided by a James Metzen Mighty Ducks grant, according to information on the grant award documents. The cost of the three projects - an air exchanger, a dehumidification system and the ice resurfacer - totaled $250,000, of which $125,000 was provided by the grant. The grant application was supported by Sen. Tony Lourey, Rep. Mike Sundin and many others, said Moose Lake City Administrator Tim Peterson in an email.

The dehumidification system and air exchanger were installed last summer, but the ice resurfacer did not arrive until this January.

Lois E. Johnson

Senator Tony Lourey examines the many batteries and the water tanks in the new Olympia ice resurfacer.

"The new electric ice resurfacer is designed to lower carbon monoxide levels (from 20-30 ppm [parts per million] to 5 ppm) in the arena to a safe level for participants and fans," stated Peterson. "The air exchanger in the girls locker room will bring in fresh outside air and improve air quality. The dehumidification system will drop the dew point during the late fall and late winter from 50-60 down to 34."

The new Olympia is bright red in color, with blue stripes.

Guyal Nelson, arena manager, explained several color schemes had been suggested and voted on by the public.

"The red and blue won," he said. "Those are Rebels colors."

Nelson said the new Olympia holds 20 gallons of water. The battery charger, about half the size of a home air conditioner, has been installed on the wall of the garage area where the Olympia is housed, for charging the batteries. The machine can clean the ice 30 times before it has to be charged, he said.

The cost of the new Olympia is approximately $150,000, it was said.

The hockey association still owns the old Olympia. It will be used to resurface the outdoor rinks, it was said.


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