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Audubon residents propose skating rink

A new skating rink in Audubon?

That's the proposal two Audubon city residents brought before the Lake Park-Audubon School Board Monday night.

Dan Thorson and Josh Heibel were seeking permission from the school district to allow them to use school property for the proposed rink.

"We want to bring a skating rink to Audubon," Thorson told the board.

Though still in the very early discussion stages, the proposal as presented by the two men is to flood a 75x150-foot area of the former school football field site (located east of the LP-A bus garage, between it and the school's nature area).

Eventually, Thorson said, they would like to see a 85x200-foot hockey rink built on the site, which is why they chose this location rather than a site in the Audubon city park that was once used for the same purpose.

"The city park has limited space," Thorson said, adding that the former football field site has "room for expansion."

The board gave its tentative approval to the proposal, on the condition that providing the site for the rink would be the end of the district's involvement in the project.

The vote was not unanimous, however, as both Mike McIntire and Bryan Anderson voted against the motion, which passed 4-2 (board member Dale Binde was absent from the meeting).

In other business, the district audit report for fiscal year 2012 was presented by Brian Stavenger of Eide Bailly.

Though not a huge surplus, the district did show a positive balance of revenues over expenditures in the general fund of over $166,000 -- considerably more than the $30,000 that was anticipated, Hogie noted.

The district's food service fund also showed a $15,000 positive balance.

It was also the third year in a row that the district showed a positive balance of revenues over expenditures in the general fund, Hogie said, noting that the board was "pleased" with the audit results overall.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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