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To apply for the 2015 James Padgett Award please submit the following:

1. A brief explanation of why you believe your facility should be considered for the award. Listed below are some examples of areas that should be considered in your application:

· Management

· Maintenance

· New programs

· Marketing

· Special Events

· Renovations

· Equipment Modifications

· Energy Saving Ideas or Programs

· Innovative Scheduling

· Staff Training

· New Income Sources

· Reduced Expenditures

Submit all documentation to substantiate what you’ve done

2. Enclose up to three letters of recommendation from customers, user groups, people in the community, supervisors or governing board.

Send all Documents in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. If possible, provide a DVD or Computer Video (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) of your facility (not to exceed 5 minutes).


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Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration Inc. started as Carlson Sales & Service in 1935. As business grew, so did Carlson's knowledge of refrigeration, and he soon expanded the business to include mechanical refrigeration for dairy farms, local shops and grocery stores. in 1948 Bud Stewart joined and eventually incorporated into Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration in 1958. With four employees, they served customers within a 100 mile radius of Marshell MN.


Today, Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration inc. is a design-build contractor specializing in commercial and industrial refrigeration systems for clients in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin. In late 2011 Carlson & Stewart aquired Central minnesota Refrigeration Inc. in Sauk Rapids MN. In january 2015, we purchased and moved into a new building in Sauk Rapids, doubling our warehouse and fabrication facilities. Today, we lead the way in innovation, design and workmanship, backing a long standing tradition of service on which our clients rely. Our refrigeration expertise extends from large industrial, ammonia based systems, to Freon based commercial applicationssuch as grocery and retail stores to community ice rinks. We serve clients from three locations: Marshall MN,  Sauk Rapids MN, and Sioux Falls SD. Current customers include the Runestone Community center in Alexandria MN, Lockwood motors Ice Arena marshall MN and Larson Ice Center in Brookings SD. 


At Carlson & Stewart we can advise you on concrens about changing out your existing Freon systems for the most cost-effective alternative and help you decide if that is of a concern now or as an structured plan for the future.  We regularly install dehumidification systesms, retrofit or upgrade existing rink refrigeration systems and provide scheduled periodic preventative maintenance service as a part of a discounted, prefuerred Service agreements.


and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, for emergency service. we have large and small system design capabilities with engineers and project managers experienced in all facets of refrigeration system planning, immplementation and operator training.


Please consider Carlson & stewart RefrgierationInc. for your ice arena's refrigeration needs. For additional information or to contract us, please refer to or call our main office at (507) 532-2576.


Gary Sheppard

Regional Sales

Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration inc.

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The Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association will be providing grants for the 2015 MIAMA Conference, September 8-11, 2015 at Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN to employees of MIAMA member arenas. The grant includes the full conference registration fee and double occupancy lodging.


Please fill out this form completely and attach the additional information requested.


The application deadline is March 30, 2015.


Send to: MIAMA


8388 81st Street Lane South


Cottage Grove, MN 55016


Fax (651) 459-1360


E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view – this is our preferred method




1. In 150 words or less, explain why you should be considered for this grant.


2. Letters of recommendations (maximum of 3).


3. Description of educational and employment background.


Application Deadline is March 30, 2015



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February Monthly Board Report, by Dean Mulso

Does your arena/organization have a Mission Statement or a philosophy that you want your employees to follow and adhere too? Does each of your programs have mission statements as well? Providing your staff these simple, yet effective statements can help your staff to understand what you as a facility and staff, want to accomplish and provide to your customers. Below I have included my facilities Mission Statements and Philosophy.


Mission Statement – The Burnsville Ice Center is a customer service organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. Our staff is devoted to delivering unparalleled customer service, value, and program opportunities to all our guests. We strive to build a lifelong commitment in the community to individual and family entertainment through ice related activities.

Philosophy – TheBurnsville Ice Center must provide the highest quality service that is possible to insure that our customers’ needs are met. The following areas will provide guidance and make sure expectations are clear.

Safety – Be Alert! Most on and off ice accidents can be prevented if we insure that all building rules and regulations are followed. Report all potential hazards to the Maintenance Supervisor.

Courtesy – Smile! Treat our customers like they pay our paychecks…because THEY DO! Make sure that all customers and staff get the best you have to offer.

Cleanliness – Cleanliness is everyone’s job at the Burnsville Ice Center. Make it a habit! Notice the little things and make sure the facility stays spotless!

Service – This is the only product we have to offer. Good ice, quality instruction, clean surroundings and an attentive staff make a successful operation. Notice the people around you. Help them out. Take personal responsibility for customer’s happenings at the Ice Center.

  • The Burnsville Ice Center is an equal opportunity employer that realizes that our employees are our number one asset. As a customer service organization, we must be devoted to bringing the best and brightest into our facility to serve our customers’ needs. Through this philosophy, we are better able to offer unparalleled service, value and program opportunities to our customers.
  • Customer service at the Burnsville Ice Center means delivering the highest quality product, demonstrating a strong sense of community, and providing clear and accurate information about our programs while maintaining a willingness to listen to our patrons.
  • We hold our staff and their skills in the highest regard. We believe that acquiring and training an exceptional staff is the first step in meeting and exceeding our collective goals. We take better care of ourselves in order to deliver the best product to our customers.

Burnsville Ice Center Department Mission Statements:

Programming – The Burnsville Ice Center will continually strive to increase profitability and entertainment value of the Facility by working to improve and maximize existing programs and revenues, by seeking out new public and developing new programs, and by enhancing the experience of all patrons through a tireless customer service philosophy.

Learn to Skate – The Burnsville Ice Center is dedicated to providing quality instruction for all levels and ages of skaters. Our staff will use the most successful curriculum and methods to teach classes and private lessons. We will provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere to all that are participating in our Learn to Skate Program.

Promotions/Public Relations – The Burnsville Ice Center staff will promote the Ice Center to the public at large, as well as specifically defined target markets. We are committed to informing the people of the Twin Cities area about our facility and the programs and events that we offer. We strive to create “top of the mind” awareness that will drive new traffic through our facility and secure return business. We achieve these objectives through a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, advertising, public relations, media relations, promotional events, new programs, direct mail, and other print promotional materials.

Facilities/Maintenance – The Burnsville Ice Center staff is dedicated to providing the cleanest, safest and most efficient environment possible for customers and staff. Our staff is committed to maintaining quality levels far beyond the industry standards. Through continuing education and networking with industry leaders, the Ice Center staff is and will continue to be recognized as leaders and innovators in facility maintenance.


Do you share with your staff a Credo or some basics you want your staff to follow and use on a daily basis. Having these basics again help to install in your staff continuity and accountability. Below I have included my facilities Credo and Employee Basics.


The Burnsville Ice Center Credo

Welcome home to the Burnsville Ice Center! We are dedicated to providing top quality service to you and your family. Our facility is clean, our staff members are friendly and helpful, the answers are “yes”, and troubles are parked outside. The Burnsville Ice Center is the place for cool times with a warm touch.

Burnsville Ice Center Employee Basics:

  1. The mission statement and credo must be known and energized by all employees.
  2. Employees will be an ambassador of the facility in and outside of the work place. Always talk positively – no negative comments.
  3. Greet each guest with a warm sincere greeting. Use their name whenever possible.
  4. “Smile” – we are on stage. Always maintain positive eye contact. Make your enthusiasm contagious.
  5. Escort guests rather than pointing out directions to other areas of the facility.
  6. Use proper telephone etiquette. Answer within three rings and with a smile.
  7. 7.Be knowledgeable of facility information (programs, etc.) to answer customer inquiries. Anticipate their questions and needs.
  8. 8.Welcome all challenges. Any employee who receives a customer complaint “owns” the complaint and is responsible for resolving it tosatisfy the customer for the moment. Management may need to get involved for more resolution, if necessary.
  9. Take ownership and pride in protecting the assets of the Burnsville Ice Center. Treat the Burnsville Ice Center like it is your home.
  10. Uncompromising levels of cleanliness are the responsibility of every employee.
  11. Practice energy conservation and proper maintenance and repair of property and equipment.
  12. Employees must know their roles during emergency situations and are aware of procedures (fire, tornado, robbery, etc.).
  13. Uniforms are to be neat, clean and all shirts tucked in.
  14. Create a positive work environment. Practice teamwork and help develop a sense of camaraderie.
  15. Give each guest a warm good-bye. Use their name whenever possible.

Hopefully, this article will give you time to reflect on your operation and your staff and are you letting them know what you expect of them and what service level do you want to provide to your customers.

Becoming a facility that treats the operation as a business, but keeps its relationships personal with your customers is a good model to follow. With more and more arenas having to move into the enterprise funds (or break even or a profit) and not just a community asset, we all need to make sure we follow good business practices. Simple things like signed contracts, payment for ice time before they skate, collecting for skate sharpening when they drop off the skates and more, will make our industry much more respected.

My analogy has always been this, with my staff – if I go to McDonald’s and order my food, do they give the food and I go eat and then when I’m done I decide if I want to pay today or tomorrow or just wait until McDonald’s chases me down to collect. No they make me pay before I get my food. Why can’t we do the same thing at every rink, every time we get a customer. We as industry professionals need to make it the standard and the customers meet our standards and let the customers set our standards for us.

Our industry is our own worst enemy when it comes to business practices, by not demanding that customers meet our procedures and policies. We are always afraid, that they will take their business to another rink that has lax rules, etc… If we all start to practice the basics of business practices, we can stop worrying about our customers leaving and concentrate on giving them a great facility and customer service.

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Arena Warehouse of Alexandria, MN is excited to join the membership of MIAMA. Arena Warehouse was founded on October 1st, 2014 by Jeff Horstman. The vision of Arena Warehouse is to connect buyers and sellers of pre-owned arena equipment while eliminating the risk and hassle for both sides.    The company website, has the full listing of used equipment that is available.

As with any new company, Arena Warehouse has been responding to its customers and has also brought on many new product lines as well. Items such as acrylic or tempered glass shielding, poly facing for the boards, rink divider pads, post pads, goals net and pads, ice resurfacer parts, turf, rubber flooring, and the list goes on.

On the recent addition of new products, Arena Warehouse Founder Jeff Horstman had to say: “We never in our wildest imagination expected the warm welcome and support we have received from our customers and vendors alike! It is truly a great marketplace to be involved and we are thankful every day for the people we get to work with. We pride ourselves on serving our customers as all companies do, and to best do that we need to be responsive to their needs. Many of those needs have come in the form of new equipment, which has enabled us to expand our offerings and fulfill customer requests.”

Arena Warehouse is based in Alexandria, MN where Jeff resides with his wife Jana and three children. Jeff has been in the recreation industry for over 20 years. His career started at Shattuck St. Mary’s working in the ice rink for his father. From there he has worked in three different ice arenas, coached at many levels, and spent most his time working for one of the industry leaders in the US for twelve years. Jeff was the vendor representative for MIAMA for six years and is excited to get back in touch with the MIAMA membership.

You can reach Arena Warehouse by phone: 320-815-2369 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at