Lakes Area Hockey Association receives Endowment Fund grant for chiller system

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED/ Pictured from the left are: Ann Ditsworth, Dickinson County Endowment Fund council advisor, and Lakes Area Hockey Association President Brett Hetland in front of the newly installed chiller system at the Boji Bay Ice Arena in Spirit Lake.

The chiller is the heart of the ice-making system at the arena, but it was an older piece of equipment that had unexpectedly required more repairs than are sensible to continue making.

To direct as much revenue toward debt repayment, Lakes Area Hockey Association officials needed to eliminate the projected $25,000 in annual chiller repair costs and the uncertainty that comes with them. Funding support was sought from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund for the project and a grant for $5,000 was received.

Replacing the chiller with a new system will provide decades of predictable ice-making and will ensure the growth of the association's already successful programs. The new unit was put into service the end of September.

Lakes Area Hockey Association's purpose is to create, nurture and sustain ice-related sports and recreation programs that teach and improve skills; to foster sportsmanship, teamwork and enjoyment; and improve fitness. These programs are financially accessible and meet the needs and interests of participants of all ages and skill levels throughout the corridor.

It serves all ages and economic backgrounds within a 40-mile radius of the arena as well as visitors from as far away as Topeka, Kansas. This includes regular public skating, private rentals, its youth hockey program, visiting hockey teams and non-ice uses.

To learn more about this project or the Lakes Area Hockey Association, please contact Brett Hetland at 712-320-9194 or email

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