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1952: Ice skating rink opens on South McKenzie Street

The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on December 25, 1952.


Skaters Now Using New Rink On So. McKenzie


“The best skating rink we've ever had,” is the opinion Luverne’s youngsters have of the city’s new ice rink at the corner of McKenzie and Warren street.

The rink was opened last weekend, just in time to give the youngsters, now home on Christmas vacation, an opportunity to enjoy the popular winter pastime.

The skating area, which is about 125 feet by 200 feet in size, or about a half square block, offers a well lighted rink that should afford plenty of fun for all skating enthusiasts. Strings of lights cross-cross the rink; there is a large, well built warming house, and benches around the ice; music is provided, and every effort is going to be made to keep the ice in tip top shape the entire skating season.

Parents will be able to telephone their youngsters if they should want them. The Northwestern Bell Telephone company is installing a telephone, the number of which will be 599. No charge will be made for calls to the skating rink, but as it is a pay phone, no one will be able to make an outgoing call unless they insert a coin.

Arrangements are also being made to offer candy bars, etc. for sale at the warming house.

Two Caretakers Employed

 Two caretakers have been employed, one of whom will be on duty at all times that the rink is open. Roy Gonnerman, caretaker of the city park, and Ed Mohr, caretaker of Mound Springs State Park during the summer time, will share the caretaker’s duties,

During vacation, the warming house will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, closing from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. so the children will go home at meal time. These same hours will prevail every Saturday and Sunday during the skating season. Opens at Noon Christmas Day

One exception will be Christmas Eve, when the rink will close at 6 p.m. It will re-open again at noon, and be open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Day, affording ample ice in good skating condition at all times, but in order to do so, it will be necessary for the skates to stay off the ice while its being reconditioned.

Skaters Must Obey Rules

Rink caretakers have been ordered to permit the skaters to enjoy themselves to the fullest extent, so long as they do not molest other children, or destroy or damage property. In the event that there are cases of  this kind, they will be ordered from the rink.

A sign will be made and put up whenever the ice is such that is should not be skated upon, and skaters are asked to cooperate by observing the no skating rule when it is in effect.

The Luverne Civic and Commerce association is making plans to hold an ice show here in the near future, with skaters from Sioux Falls participating.

Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, 312 E. Main Street, Luverne, MN 56156.

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