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Lincoln Rink to open on Wednesday

After being cut from the budget and then reinstated, the Lincoln Rink warming house will be open beginning Dec. 23.

Hours will be essentially the same as in the past, and Public Works Director Brad Green said the rink will be ready for opening day.

Friday, workers were flooding the rink again because some grass and dirt was still showing.

Warming house hours through Jan. 1 will be daily from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The exceptions will be Dec. 24 and 31 from noon to 4 p.m., and Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 from noon to 6 p.m.

For the remainder of January, the schedule will be Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will be from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 there is no school, and the schedule will be the same as the weekends.

The schedule can change due to the weather, and cancellations will be announced on KRCQ and KDLM radio.

The Detroit Lakes Park Board met Wednesday evening to discuss prioritizing funds and a bike trail system through the city.

"The plan is to go forward," Green said, "with North Washington, the park board is behind that 100 percent."

City Finance Office Lou Guzek said the park board has $77,577 in the park dedication fund -- which is 6 percent of building projects that developers must pay and can then only be used for new projects, not maintenance -- and $259,000 more that will be coming in over the next five years.

Of the $77,577, the board has designated $50,000 for a bike trail and decided to leave the remaining $27,000 in reserves for now. How the $259,000 will be used is still up for discussion.

Green said the park board hasn't designated what portion of a trail will be completed yet because members want to wait to see where the Heartland Trail will come into town, and hopefully play off that to "get the biggest bang for the dollar," he said.

The board discussed preliminary plans as to where to locate trails throughout the city, but nothing was decided on at this point.

"They decided to work more on the bike trails, and decided on what segments they want to dedicate this for," Guzek said. "Some of it depends on if the Heartland Trail is going to go from Frazee to Detroit Lakes first, then they would try and make it continue to go through town."