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R-22 Refrigerant Meetings Held

In light of information being discussed regarding the future of R22 and its impact on ice arenas MIAMA hosted three regional meetings to help educate members about the future of R22 and other refrigerant options. The meetings were held Mankato, South St. Paul and Virginia over a three day period and featured experts in the refrigeration field presenting educational material and offering an open forum for questions and answers.

There were about 125 members who attended the various sites. The largest group attended the meeting at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul.

The meetings were very informative and at the meeting in South St. Paul the group heard from a State Senator Metzen encouraging member facilities to contact their legislature to gain their support in lobbying for grant monies to help offset potential large capital investment in changing over.

The group also heard information about the future of R22 and its production phase out. There is encouraging news to help with the time line and recycling R22 is and will be available for quite some time.

For many the meeting helped gather information and create a planning process for replacement especially for older facilities whose impact will be great after using a direct R22 based refrigeration system.

The groups were very engaged and asked a lot of questions. They were very curious to all the types of refrigerants that can be used.

The message for MIAMA was to provide an opportunity for all communities that have ice arenas to become aware of the R-22 refrigerant issue that our industry will be facing in 2020 and going forward. 

This forum provided members an opportunity to be educated and formulate a plan for how your facility and decision makers will tackle this issue.

MIAMA would like to thank Scott Ward, Stevens Engineering, Mark Rasmussen, Apex Arena Solutions, John Evans, Hockey Enthusiast and former lobbyist, Jared Larson and staff from Mankato, John Bachman and Staff from Virginia, Jayson Dwelle and staff from S. St. Paul for hosting the workshop.

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With winter finally letting up, it is the sign that the Hockey Season has finally come to an end. Hopefully everyone had a successful season!

This year’s MIAMA Spring Workshop is going to be held on Tuesday May 6th at the beautiful Chaska Community Center. This year’s location should hit home for a lot of rink managers as Chaska just recently finished an R-22 Conversion in both rinks this last summer.

The spring workshop is filled with a lot great topics this year including a group session on the R-22 Phase out, breakout session on updated features of and a breakout roundtable session on generating non-ice revenues.

The R-22 phase out session will be conducted by Scott Ward of Stevens Engineering. He will be updating the membership on the mandatory phase out of R-22 refrigerant and how it will affect your facility. It will cover the overall issues of the R-22, which rinks are affected, current options available and costs associated with replacement.

The first breakout session: Updated features on will be hosted be Travis Larson. He will be doing a walkthrough of the newly updated features on the website including a newer and easier way to upload ice for sale.

The second breakout session: Generating non-ice revenues will be a roundtable discussion to help share and generate ideas for member rinks.

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Chaska Community Center for yet another great MIAMA Spring Conference!

Jon Jackson

Board Member - Vendor Representative

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Are you considering options to stay involved and be connected when you retire? The MIAMA Retiree Alumni group might be right for you.

MIAMA is constantly evolving, constantly bringing new ideas and new people into the industry. Along the way many any of us have retired or are soon to be retired; moving on to a new time in our lives. This can be a time of giving back, giving back some knowledge of what we have learned, much of it the hard way, to a new generation of industry leaders.

MIAMA has recently done away with districts and this may open an exciting time for those of us who would like to participate yet in the industry. We can offer our experience and share our common sense of how we successfully did things in the past, to blend in with the highly educated and motivated youth taking up the management duties of our beloved industry.

The MIAMA Retiree Alumni group allows those who sign up to attend the MIAMA Spring Workshop and the Fall Conferences. There will be opportunities to visit rinks and share ideas. This is a relaxed volunteer group meant to keep the ideals of the past generation alive and have an impact on the next generation.

It is easy to sign up. Please contact Walt Bruley at 218-340-0532 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Look forward to seeing you soon.


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We are continuing to see a change in MIAMA once again as long time arena managers and staff are retiring and others are moving to new positions. In 2014 we have been informed of at least three retirements within our group including Gary Pietig from Apple Valley, John Hack from Superior , and Kevin Madsen from Willmar. And this past year we had a number of retirements including Paul Ostoff,-Mankato, Steve Olson-Litchfield, Mark Clausen - Fogerty in Blaine, Mike Brooks - Hudson, Mike Mattson- Ramsey Co. Sliv McGree - Hastings and John Linstad – Highland. We also had a manager, Brandon Klement – Richfield, move to Texas with his family to begin a rink supply business.

With retirements come new opportunities. Here are some of the recent changes, Chadd Benson takes over as Manager at Litchfield, Jeff Elliott takes over operations in Hastings, Brian Christensen (formerly of Lakeville) at Forest lake, Joe Bergquist (formerly of Breezy point) takes over at Highland, Kris Weiby (formerly of Burnsville) takes over at Richfield and Rob Hall takes over at Fogerty and Barb Bergquist takes over at Breezy point.

If I have missed someone who is planning to or has retired let me know as we want to acknowledge each members years of service. We also want to have arenas acknowledge and welcome new Full time employees to get their names out within the membership.