While the idea was brought up at a recent Morris City Council meeting, there are a few outdoor ice skating rinks available in central Minnesota.

In Fergus Falls, the local Noon Kiwanis club hosts an annual Winter Karnival to kick off the skating season on Lake Alice (Jan. 20 this year), complete with frozen lake golfing, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow coloring and roasting marshmallows. The lake is plowed for both a skating rink and a track around the lake, and remains open for as long as conditions allow.

In St. Cloud, Lake George is the place to skate, or head to Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in nearby Sartell, where you can fuel up before or after your skate at the club’s Grill 19. Other places to skate in this region include AlexandriaPine RiverHutchinsonNew York Mills and the Brainerd Lakes area, which features rinks on Gull Lake for guests staying at Cragun’s Resort or Grand View Lodge.

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