New cooling plant operational

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It's a challenge getting time on the ice at any hockey rink in Bismarck once the season starts, and with so many people on the ice it's important to maintain it properly.

Last year, leaks were noticed in the system that does just that. So during the off season a new cooling plant has been installed, and though it's had a few bugs officials think it will last them for many years to come.

"I think whenever you have a new system the first year is kind of your telltale sign. You have a lot of unknowns. You'll be working out bugs throughout the year, but from all indications on the ice side everything has been working out pretty good," said Kevin Klipfel, Parks and Recreation Facilities and Programs director.

The Curling season has seen some delay because of issues, but many of those have resolved and the learn-to-curl is scheduled for Nov. 12.