Second 'Mighty Ducks' grant received by Paynesville Township

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/23/97.

At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission awarded 17 grants, totaling $1.503 million, to build new ice arenas or to renovate existing ice facilities around the state. The grants, which all require a match of local private or public funding, were awarded via the ďMighty DucksĒ granting program of the state grant fund.

Paynesville Township was among those receiving a new grant in the amount of $150,000. Earlier this year they received a $100,000 grant, for a total of $250,000, the maximum they can receive. ďThis is the amount we originally asked for and are happy with the second grant round,Ē Otto Naujokas, of the Paynesville-New London Youth Hockey Association, said. The funds are being used to add an additional 30 feet onto the width of the building. This space includes new locker rooms, spectator seating area, bathrooms, and warm-up area.

ďWe still need additional funding as our goal is to install refrigeration next year and have it ready for use in the fall,Ē Naujokas said. ďThe weather has not been cooperating this winter. We have not been able to get a good base built up for ice skating,Ē he added.

Even though Paynesville has an ice arena, the grants board considers them new construction because the arena does not have a refrigeration unit to make artificial ice, explained Naujokas.

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