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Published December 14, 2011, 07:12 PM

Warmer Temps Making Skaters, Hockey Players Wait For Ice

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Too much ice may have caused problems on area roads on Wednesday, but it's that lack of ice on outdoor rinks that's a problem for skaters and hockey players.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Too much ice may have caused problems on area roads on Wednesday, but it's that lack of ice on outdoor rinks that's a problem for skaters and hockey players.

Most years at this time, ice skaters are carving up the new ice and it looks like they are going to have to wait a while longer to do that.

Billy Poitra and his friends are playing a game of afternoon football in the middle of December. Normally, you might find them on the nearby outdoor rink in Elks Park.

The Grand Forks Park District hasn't even attempted to flood the rink yet.

There are 21 outdoor rinks at 11 locations in Grand Forks. None of them are open.

The Park District did attempt to flood the rink at Riverside Park where there is a flat asphalt service. But the temperatures near 40 degrees over the weekend set them back.

Bill Palmiscno from the Grand Forks Park District says this is the latest start to outdoor ice making he can remember. If the temperatures get cold enough, ice can be made on the rinks with boards. Those without boards will have to wait for snow.

So for now, Billy and friends will continue to toss around the football until they can trade it in for some hockey gear.

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