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LJA: Architects, Engineers, Planners & Surveyors

LJA (Lightowler Johnson Associates) is a multidisciplinary architectural, engineering, planning and surveying firm that specializes in recreational, hospitality, commercial, residential development and industrial design. Roger Helland, AIA, an experienced project architect on the LJA team, has designed numerous ice arena facilities across the Midwest.

We provide all aspects of architecture, engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical and structural), land surveying, land planning and urban design services in-house. LJA has delivered high quality professional services for projects throughout the region and nationwide for 60 years.

LJA is headquartered in Fargo, ND, with offices in Williston, ND, and Detroit Lakes, MN. The firm is organized as a corporation and has professionals licensed in over 40 states.


Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Urban & Community Planning, Land Surveying



Recreational, Hospitality, Commercial, Corporate, Site Development, Urban/Community Planning, Educational, Housing, Cultural, Historical Preservation, Government/Municipal, Industrial


You can find LJA or contact Roger Helland directly at (701) 318-0638 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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September is a busy month for all of MIAMA and Minnesota Hockey too.

Minnesota Hockey this year is looking to expand its programs to being new skaters to youth hockey.  It is working on more locations and times for its 2 on 2 challenge and Try Hockey for Free programs.  Youth hockey player numbers in the state have risen slightly in the last year.  We are looking to keeping that trend going in a positive direction.  Minnesota Hockey this year has approved on a 1 year trial in season Tier 1 level teams.  This approval does get away from the normal community based programming.  We will be looking into a future system to allow this Tier 1 status to continue.  The AA/A level for Peewee and Bantam for post season play will stay the same format as last year with region and state tournaments provided at these levels.  As always Minnesota Hockey looks forward to its working relationship with MIAMA.  In my time as an arena manager and the 5 years since I have retired, I still stay active in this organization.  MIAMA is the leading professional organization for arena managers in the country.  We offer a spring workshop and a fall conference.  I always look forward to these as it is a good time to get together with the rink personnel and the vendors and keep in touch with what is happening in the industry.  The Fall Conference is coming up and once again this is looking to be an exciting week.  I look forward to the trade show as I can renew old acquaintances and see what the are offering to the arenas.  The help that I got from the vendors when I was managing Wakota Arena made my job a lot easier.  They are there to help all of us do our jobs with what they have to offer us in their knowledge of the systems that we use. 

I will be looking forward to seeing everyone as I always help Dean with the check in table.

Rich Rakness

Board Member (MN Hockey) 

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InThePlay's® game changing technology, NOW Powered by TSEN

In conjunction with TSE® Services, TSEN (Total Sports & Entertainment Network) integrates audio/video solutions in sports and entertainment facilities across North America with over 30 years of experience. From audio systems to digital signage, and everything in-between, their team of A/V integrators go above and beyond to find solutions that fit their clients needs.

After years of development, TSEN introduces the all new InThePlay® automatic video-casting and player development system.  InThePlay® presents game changing technology that brings eleven different camera angles to the game while automatically breaking down every piece of the action.  That's right!  We said, automatically, with no labor!  Your rink can have professional level video capabilities at a fraction of the cost. Coaches, parents, scouts, players, and more can now purchase and break down every moment of the game, from goals to penalties, enhancing the player development experience.  InThePlay® provides rinks with a unique opportunity to increase revenues and be at the cutting edge of the industry.

Eight fixed overhead and three moving side-view cameras are permanently installed and connected to a single computer system with a scorekeeper’s interface. As the game progresses, the system uses proprietary machine vision algorithms to automatically detect and follow the game action, automatically adjusting the side-view cameras. Based upon the detected game movements and scorekeeping information, the system also automatically edits, indexes and blends the 1080p HD video for internet distribution to any and all mobile and computing devices. 

TSEN installs a select number of InThePlay systems each year, and we are currently receiving slot requests for our limited installs happening in 2014-2015.  If you are interested in learning more about reserving a slot, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Contact Matt Baker

Marketing   Executive

Total   Sports & Entertainment Network / TSE Services

P:   (800) 962-2471 ext.106

F:   (480) 424-5685

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Berg Chilling Systems- Introductory Article, MIAMA

For 40 years, Berg Chilling Systems has designed, manufactured and installed custom chilling, pumping and freezing equipment for the global ice rink market. Berg’s collaborative approach with its customers results in custom designs that meet their customer’s functional and economic requirements, regardless if they’re designing for a twin sheet curling rink or a multi-pad arena.

Berg Chilling Systems has the knowledge and capability to build different types of systems with a range of options to suit customer needs. These Include:

-       Ammonia / Freon / CO2

-       Indoor or Outdoor Packages

-       Self-Contained Containerized Chillers

-       Air Cooled / Water Cooled / Evaporative Condensers

-       Custom Controls & Integration with Existing Controls

-       Heat Recovery including: Snow Melt Pit, Under floor Heating, Zamboni Water, DHW Preheat, Comfort Heating, Radiant Floor Heating


Berg manufactures all their chillers at their facility and factory tests each package to ensure a smooth, trouble free start-up on site.

Whether you are upgrading an existing R-22 chiller to another Freon or Ammonia System, or building a new rink on a Greenfield site, Berg Chilling Systems can help with the initial design, fabrication, installation and servicing of the rink mechanical systems including chiller, headers and control.  

We look forward to meeting and discussing your opportunities at the MIAMA fall conference!

Peeter Nielander

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Evis Buli

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Honeywell Makes it Easy to Keep Your Rink Running Cool

Most people aren’t in the ice rink business because they want to have lengthy debates about refrigerants. However, you can’t ignore the fact that refrigerants are a large reason ice rinks exist and that the industry is seeing big changes in refrigerant technology and availability.

The bottom line is that R-22, everyone’s favorite refrigerant, is being phased out by January 1, 2020. The time to retrofit systems is now, in advance of the deadline. The refrigerant experts at Honeywell can help you sort through all the marketing hype, get the facts you need to know and help you arrive at the refrigerant solution that’s right for your rink.

For example, Honeywell’s Genetron Performax® LT (R-407F) is a low-cost easy retrofit alternative for R-22 in all non-flooded evaporator ice rink systems. Here are a few details to help you see why a switch to R-407F makes sense for ice rinks:

  • R-407F is the closest match for performance (capacity and efficiency) to R-22
  • R-407F matches R-22’s mass flow, so no TXV adjustments are necessary
  • R-407F has a lower discharge temperature than R-22 but preserves enough waste heat for reclaim, unlike other HFC replacements
  • R-407F is approved by all major compressor manufacturers

Retrofitting your ice rink can be easier and quicker than you think. Honeywell’s refrigeration experts are standing by to assist you to make the right decision. Contact Ralph Vergara, located in Savage, Minn., (Mobile: 973-452-8425 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a personal visit to discuss your options. You can also check out our digital tools: