Owatonna Ice Rinks Open FridayFinally. Some good news. The ice skating rinks at Morehouse Park in Owatonna open for the season Friday, January 1. For everyone who got skates under the tree, here's your chance to put them to use without having to build a rink in your own backyard, which many people actually do every year anyway.

Hours are 11 am to 9:30 pm holidays and Saturdays, 12 pm to 9:30 pm Sundays, and 3 pm to 9:30 pm school days. Extra benches are set outside the chalet to use for changing into skates. The chalet is not available for use, but it appears the bathrooms are open, based on a note on the door.

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Owatonna Parks and Recreation announces a few winter-themed activities that can now begin, culminating with their Winter Weekend Out January 29-31. They are hosting a snowman contest during January. Build it on your own and share pictures on their Facebook page.

There is also a snow sculpture exhibition January 22-27 in Central Park. Snow blocks will be provided. Spectators are welcome. Sign up with park and rec to participate.

Park and rec announces the "Who Melted Frosty?" mystery January 15-31. Visit Mineral Springs Park, Morehouse Park, and the Fairgrounds Park for clues during that time period. More details to come.

Cardboard sledding races will take place January 30 at the West Hills sledding hill. Awards will be presented for speed and sled design while using corrugated cardboard as your building material.

Youth sports sign up for hockey, swimming lessons, and basketball is underway.

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