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Published December 26, 2011, 05:20 PM

A Brown Christmas on Ice

Today didn't really feel like Christmas for some Grand Forks residents without snow on the ground, but one family made the best of this brown Christmas.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - For most people, building snowmen and playing hockey aren't on the list this Christmas.

"There is a big family tradition for the Barsness family up here on Christmas day to try and find some ice to skate on," said Mark Maurer.

Mark Maurer is in town with his wife visiting his in-laws. They have a Christmas tradition to ice skate outside. Luckily they have some friends in the area that were able to help them out.

"I kept asking my brother should I bring my skates, he was like yeah I've got a buddy who's got a rink going," said Lori Maurer.

Although shovels and snow plows aren't needed this Christmas, this family's making the best of a brown Christmas on their very own ice rink.

"This rink set up since 1997 after the flood so we kind of make it a, every year I come back we kind of always set up a time to come out here and skate. Without any ice I don't know what I'd be doing," said Todd Barsness.

"So we're just really excited that we're able to skate today," said Lori Maurer.

With temperatures in the 40's, these folks were the only people skating outside.

"First brown Christmas ever for me, it's very weird. I don't even feel like I'm in Grand Forks," said Barsness.

"Scratch this one off my bucket list, so I'm definitely going to enjoy it...It's a nice capper on the day to be able to do this," said Mark Maurer.

Even though they're not skating on a pond, the family is still happy they're able to continue their family Christmas tradition.

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