Ice rinks open for winter skating in Twin Cities

- After a mild start to winter, it’s finally ice skating season in Minnesota. All 13 rinks and warming houses in Burnsville will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and several rinks are already open in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere.

Minneapolis has been busy building its rinks for winter, but the Loring Park rink is the only one officially opened for the season at this time. St. Paul has at least three open rinks at Landmark Plaza, North Dale and Phalen.

In Bloomington, the rinks at Brookside, Bryant, Kelly, Running, Sunrise and Westwood are now skateable. In Maple Grove, the winding trail-like Skating Loop is open for the season.

Check with your city for ice conditions and skating hours, and remember that lakes need at least four inches of ice to be considered safe for skating, ice fishing or skiing.

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