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Ribbon cutting Thursday on new warming house at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato

The city of North Mankato is cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon on the new warming house at Spring Lake Park.

Mayor Mark Dehen said they originally planned to hold the 3:30 p.m. event outdoors but the expected frigid weather may push it inside.

“We’re really excited about it. It’s 4,000 square feet and it looks beautiful,” he said, “I think it’s going to be a nice addition servicing the ice in the winter time, servicing the pool – the new pool, when that gets done – in the summertime.”

North Mankato Mayor, Mark Dehen.

The warming house will get its first use this weekend, at the Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic and Dehen said, “We’re still looking for some volunteers for this weekend so if anybody’s feeling brave we could really use some help. It is a great event and really does some great things for the kids in the communities. And the warming house is a partnership between the Anthony Ford Foundation, the Mankato Foundation, and the City of North Mankato.”

The two-day outdoor tournament will also include an East/West alumni game and a Friday night Murphy Brothers Band concert at the Mankato Brewery.