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Local businesses donate 96 percent of cash to the Twice the Ice Fund

The addition to the Mitchell Activities Center, pictured here, is less than three months away from its projected finish date Oct. 1. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Local businesses have donated nearly 96 percent of the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association's Twice the Ice Fund.

The fund was put in place to raise money for the new ice sheet, which is being built south of the Mitchell Activities Center. The addition -- which is projected to finish Oct. 1 -- costs an estimated $2.8 million and the association will pay the city $500,000 toward the project.

"We have met our $500,000 obligation to the city," Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association President Doug Beck said. "Many of these people and businesses are paying it out over four to five years, and that's the same agreement we have with the city. We won't pay them the full amount for several years yet, but it's worked out great."

Thirty-seven businesses and 15 individual gifts -- which were donated by association members and people connected to the association -- donated to the fund, according to Beck. Beck did not release the amounts of the donations.

Beck said the association will continue to take donations through the summer and he is pleased with the support the community has given it.

"The support is phenomenal," he said. "We have people sending us money before we even asked them and from people we didn't even have on our list to ask.

"People in the community are ready for things to happen, judging by where the support came from."

With just under three months to go before the projected finish date of the sheet, Beck is excited about what progress he's seen.

"I think it's great, and the selection of Puetz Corporation to oversee the project was the right thing to do," he said. "They've kept everything as close to on target as they can, outside of weather-related issues. We're excited about it."

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.