Walking on thin ice

Gazette Photo by Erik Sandin: Stillwater Area Hockey Association Mites coach Joe Lombardi, left, holds a hose as fellow SAHA coach Steve Volkman sprays water on the St. Croix Valley Rec Center’s outdoor rink late Wednesday afternoon as a nearly full moon rises above the facility. Irregular temperatures and a heavy snow earlier this month delayed SAHA volunteers from making ice on the popular outdoor Rec Center rink. Volkman and Lombardi said other SAHA volunteers would flood the rink in shifts the rest of this week. The outdoor rink is tentatively scheduled to open for skating early next week.