ice arena

Practice ice ready Oct. 31

With the fall sports season winding down, and anticipation of the winter season coming up, the Fergus Falls school board asked for information about the timetable for completion of the community ice arena. “The practice arena completion was anticipated as Oct. 24, but that may be a little soon. However, varsity girls should be able […]

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City gets bargain on arena bonds

The Fergus Falls Port Authority authorized the issuing of $6.58 million in bonds for sale during a meeting before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. On Oct. 3, they will meet again to approve the sale of the bonds. The city’s interest rate on the five-year bonds is a low 1.26 percent. “That is just great,” […]

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City could soon decide naming rights of ice arena

What’s in a name? The planners of the Fergus Falls community ice arena will soon find out. City Engineer Dan Edwards brought up the issue of the arena’s name and naming rights at Wednesday morning’s public works committee meeting. Right now, the plan is to call the building the “Fergus Falls Community Arena,” a name […]

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Arena sales tax collection likely to begin in 2012

The city of Fergus Falls will likely begin collecting its ice arena sales tax money around the first of next year, City Administrator Mark Sievert reported at a finance committee meeting on Wednesday. The city must also consider how much it wants to bond to pay for the project. Now that the sales tax has […]

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Ice arena sales tax begins this fall

The city of Fergus Falls has been playing the waiting game for months with its half-cent local option sales tax for the ice arena, but now that it has been passed by the state Legislature, the time has come to take the next step. Once the tax is enacted, explained Finance Director Bill Sonmor, the […]

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Ice arena sales tax passes

Fergus Falls’ half-cent ice arena sales tax was in the omnibus tax bill passed by the state Legislature during its Tuesday and Wednesday special session. No more than $6.6 million to pay for the arena can be raised from the tax. The tax is legally required to stop as soon as it is determined that […]

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Arena seats changed for comfort

Spectators at Fergus Falls’ new community ice arena might be able to sit a little easier after a change order approved by the city council on Monday. The council approved a change order that will install nine rows of spectator seats in the main viewing area instead of 10, allowing for backrests to be installed […]

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Arena tax still in play

Fergus Falls city staff will be keeping a sharp eye out, but it appears that the city’s half-cent sales tax to pay for the new ice arena will still be in the final budget bills passed by Minnesota lawmakers. “I talked to (City Administrator) Mark Sievert yesterday, and that should be safe,” Rep. Bud Nornes […]

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This time, council OKs arena expenses

The city council’s special Monday night meeting went off without a hitch, as the full council unanimously approved some further expenditures on the community ice arena building project. The vote came a week after the council’s regular June 20 meeting, in which a change order of about $48,000 failed to get approved because two aldermen […]

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Aldermen block extra arena funding

Scott Rachels and Randy Synstelien blocked the city council from committing more money to additions to the new ice arena – at least for one week. The absence of Jim Fish and Jay Cichosz at Monday night’s city council meeting allowed the two aldermen who have been most outspoken about the council’s handling of the […]

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