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More than 50,000 linear feet of plastic pipe runs the length of the arena. A refrigerant will be pumped through those pipes to keep the ice cold.

Crews are busy making ice nice


When most Tiger hockey fans come back to Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena for the first games of the 2010-11 season, they really won't notice anything different.

The colors are the same inside. The words "Home of the Tigers" are still spelled out of the far wall. The bleacher seating will still be, well, bleacher seating.

They'll notice the new dasherboards around the ice. Those will be a sign improvements were in fact made to the arena during the off-season.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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