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James Metzen Mighty Ducks Grant Program

Information about 2017 grants will be posted here when it is available. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Erickson by email or at 763.785.5662.

Honoring Senator James Metzen

The 2016 Minnesota Legislature appropriated $10 million to the James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program, five times larger than the previous year. The program was renamed to honor Minnesota State Senator James Metzen, who was a tireless supporter of youth hockey and ice sports in Minnesota. He was also instrumental in creating the original grant program in 1995. Senator Metzen, from South St. Paul, retired following the 2016 session after serving for over 40 years in the legislature. He passed away in July 2016.

The appropriation was made to specifically fund projects that eliminate the use of R-22 refrigerant or improve indoor air quality in ice arenas.

Mighty Ducks History

The Mighty Ducks grant program was created in 1995 to help Minnesota communities provide equal ice time to newly developing girls' hockey programs as well as improve the condition of Minnesota ice arenas. This program granted over $18 million from 1995 to 2000. It produced 61 new sheets of ice in Minnesota.

The grant program is authorized by Minnesota Statute 240A.09.

2016 Awards

Albert LeaCity Arena  $71,000
AustinRiverside Arena  $60,000
BaudetteBaudette Arena  $30,000
Centennial ISD 12Centennial Sports Arena  $82,500
CrookstonCrookston Sports Center$136,000
DuluthHeritage Sports Center  $49,000
East BethelEast Bethel Ice Arena  $72,000
Fergus FallsCommunity Arena$137,000
Greenway Joint Rec. Assn.Hodgins-Berardo Arena  $63,000
HibbingMemorial Building  $69,000
La CrescentCommunity Arena  $78,000
LakevilleAmes Arena  $71,000
LuverneBlue Mound Ice Arena    $3,500
MoorheadMoorhead Sports Center  $68,000
Moose LakeRiverside Arena$125,000
MoraMora Civic Center  $50,000
New UlmCivic Center  $70,000
NSP-Maplewood-Oakdale ISD 622Polar Arena$400,000
NorthfieldNorthfield Ice Arena  $50,000
Orono ISD 278Orono Ice Arena  $15,000
PlymouthPlymouth Ice Arena$100,000
Red Lake FallsCardin Hunt Arena  $15,000
Red Wing ISD 256Prairie Island Arena  $80,000
RichfieldRichfield Ice Arena$400,000
RochesterRecreation Center  $45,000
St. Louis CountyMars Lakeview Arena$150,000
Super Rink Joint Powers BoardSchwan Super Rink$175,000
VirginiaMiners Memorial Ice Rink  $69,000

2015 Awards

FarmingtonSchmitz-Maki Arena  $50,000
Grand RapidsIRA Civic Arena$135,000
Hennepin CountyAugsburg Ice Arena$400,000
KassonDodge County Ice Arena$100,000
La CrescentCommunity Arena  $30,293
Lake of the Woods CountyBaudette Arena$400,000
LitchfieldCivic Arena  $50,000
New PragueCommunity Center    $3,468
Pine City ISD 578Pine City Civic Center  $45,000
St. Louis ParkRecreation Center$400,000
ShakopeeShakopee Ice Arena$192,645
Silver BayRukavina Arena  $72,000
Steele CountyFour Seasons Centre  $12,988
StillwaterSt. Croix Valley Rec Center  $58,606
STMA Ice Arena BoardSTMA Ice Arena$250,000

2014 Awards

AustinRiverside Ice Arena$150,000
ChamplinIce Forum  $32,925
Dassel-Cokato ISD 466Dassel-Cokato Ice Arena$200,000
East Grand ForksCivic Center$148,375
International FallsKerry Park  $20,000
Kittson Central ISD 2171Hallock Arena$200,000
New HopeNew Hope Ice Arena  $98,700
SartellBernick's Pepsi Arena$100,000
WinonaBud King Ice Arena$150,000
West St. PaulJohn V. Hoene Arena$200,000

2016 Application Materials

 Application

 Form

 Sample Resolution