May 23, 2019


Thank you to our Arena Members and Vendor Members for attending the 2019 MIAMA Spring Workshop!

MIAMA would like to thank the

Red Baron Arena & Expo for hosting our

2019 MIAMA Spring Workshop!

MIAMA Spring Workshop Survey 
Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out the 2019 MIAMA Spring Workshop Survey.
Even if you didn’t attend, please fill it out and provide feedback on why you weren’t able to attend.
Here is the link:
DEADLINE to fill out the survey is May 31, 2019
MIAMA Board of Directors
If you are interested in joining the MIAMA Board of Directors and giving back to your industry, please make sure to enter your information in the survey. Deadline to put your name on the ballot is June 1st. Voting will take place from June 15th – July 15th.
Your MIAMA Board Thanks you!
MIAMA is hosting a Regional Meeting/Arena Tour on August 14, 2019. We will be visiting the new St. Michael/Albertville Arena which is refrigerated by CO2 and the Rogers Activity Center which has added solar to the roof of the Ice Arena.
If your facility is in that area and you would like us to visit your facility, please email Jon Balvance @
Registration is available now: REGISTER HERE 
Tentative Schedule:
10:00 – 11:30am – St. Michael/Albertville Arena Tour & CO2 Discussion
11:30-12:30pm – Lunch
12:30-1:00pm – Travel to Rogers Activity Center
1:00-2:30pm – Rogers Activity Center Arena Tour & Solar Energy Discussion

2019 MIAMA James Padgett Award Winner:

Dean Mulso, Recreation Facilities Manager
The City of Burnsville is proactive in making repairs to an aging facility to keep it up to industry standards, keep hazards from causing customers concern and creates a great working environment for employees.
Providing proper maintenance to the facility has kept our 47 year our Gary R Harker rink and our 34 year Rink 2 portion of the facility looking new to our customers.
The City of Burnsville on these three maintenance projects that follow, will invest $1,147,705.00 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined.
Project #1: Replaced front main sidewalks and the paver front entry area. They had uneven areas in the sidewalks and the pavers were chipping out. All this created hazards for customers and maintenance issues for staff. The Burnsville Ice Center also replaced two pedestrian ramps into parking lot to ease our handicap customer concerns.
Cost of the project was $56,000.00 and completed in June 2017.
Project #2: After 20 years, the Burnsville Ice Center professionally stained all exterior wood and use vandal proof paint to paint all the buttresses.
Cost of the project was $31,705.00 and completed in September/October 2018.
Project #3: The Burnsville Ice Center replaced four of its five roofs. The Gary R. Harker Roof has three layers that had to be torn off along with Rink 2 having two layers that had to be torn off. The Burnsville Ice Center roofs were replaced with 80 mil TPO material with a 30-year warranty.
Cost of the project was $1,060,00.00 and projected completion is March-June 2019.
James F. Padgett History
The James F. Padgett Award is named after James F. Padgett who was a leader in our industry early in MIAMA. Padge as he was known, was the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Virginia and operated the Miners Memorial Building. Padge unfortunately left us too soon at the age of 52 in 1984. In 2015 the City of Virginia renamed the back rink at the Miners Memorial Building the James Padgett Rink in his honor for all the hard work he did for the area.
The annual award is presented to an ice arena that has distinguished itself as a leader, innovator and contributor to the ice arena industry.
MIAMA urges each member facility to apply for the James F. Padgett award no matter the size of the project. More information on the application process is available at:
Applications are accepted annually in March with the winner announced at the Spring Workshop.
James F. Padgett Award Information
The winner of the 2019 James Padgett Award will recieve two (2) full conference registration fee’s (course attendance required when courses are offered at conference) and double occupancy lodging.
*if you’ve taken the courses offered at this conference, you can opt out of the class and attend Wednesday-Friday.
Burnsville Ice Center staff include: (left to right)
Mike Scherer, Dave Hanson, Ron Burtman, Dean Mulso
Not pictured:
Mike Culver, Jill Culver, Grady Schneider
Padgett Award Winner 2019

2019 Al Payne Fall Conference

Grant Winners

The Al Payne Conference Grant is named after Alan K. Payne who worked at the Richfield Ice Arena until he passed due to cancer in 2007. Al was a former MIAMA President (1988-89) and long-time Secretary/Treasurer (1996-2004)
The grant includes the full conference registration fee (course attendance required when courses are offered at conference) and double occupancy lodging. ($1,000 value)
Applications are accepted annually in March with the winner announced at the Spring Workshop.
This years grant winners include:(left to right)
Sean Larson: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Chad Jameson: Drake Arena/St. Paul Academy
Jeremy McLaughlin: Schwan’s Super Rink
Dave Hanson: Burnsville Ice Center
Renae Zink: Richfield Ice Arena (not pictured)
Donny Thompson: Silver Bay Parks & Recreation (not pictured)
Matt Nelson: Lakeville Arenas (not pictured)
Congratulations to you all and we’ll see you at Sugar Lake Lodge in September!
Al Payne winners 2019
Somerset, WI: R&R Specialties wishes to announce the retirement of Dan Doornink, our long time Service Manager, at the end of May. Dan has been with R&R for 22 years and has become one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on the operation and maintenance of the Zamboni Ice Resurfacers. He has helped many of you in this area along with a number of others around the country that have discovered his wealth of knowledge, including the Zamboni Co. Fortunately, he is also a great teacher and has passed much of his knowledge to our service people. Knowing Dan, even in retirement, he will be available to them to answer questions.
We will be having a retirement lunch for Dan on May 31st at 12 noon and would like to invite anyone interested to join us for lunch to wish Dan a long and happy retirement. If you are able to make it, could you please let us know by May 24th so that we can accommodate everyone. If unable to attend and you have a chance, please give Dan a call at 800-729-7465 and wish him a happy retirement. I am sure he would be happy to hear from you.
United States: Ice Rink Professionals Facebook Group
Ice Rink Professionals Facebook group ANNOUNCEMENT: Many of you have invited your industry friends to join this group, which is great! However, they will not be formally admitted into the group unless they accept that invitation. When you invite them, they go into “preview” mode, where they receive one reminder to join (from us), and are then deleted if they don’t accept. To make sure your friends don’t get deleted, drop them a note when you invite them into the group, and let them know that they’ll need to accept the invitation if they want to join.
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MIAMA rolled out the new platform on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Arena Managers – If you notice any issues uploading ice, please contact
Dean Mulso @ and
Jon Balvance @
Below is the latest set of instructions. Instructions – April 2019
There is a very important 1st step of changing your sites admin email from to your email address.
If there is any movement within the industry, please send an email to MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @
The 2019 MIAMA Fall Conference will be held from September 3-6, 2019 at Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset, MN. Registration will open in June 2019.
If you or someone at your facility would like to be spotlighted on the website, please contact the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance
March 13, 2019 – MIAMA Member Spotlight: Scott Fredrickson
October 17, 2018 – MIAMA Member Spotlight: Pete Carlson
October 2, 2018 – MIAMA President Member Spotlight: Katie Broderick
September 26, 2018 – MIAMA Member Spotlight: Cale Politoski
The Member Spotlight letter is located here: 2018 MIAMA Member Spotlight Letter
This is a great opportunity for members of MIAMA to get to know a little bit more about each other.
To date we have spotlighted over 40 Arena Members, 2 Vendor Members and 1 Alumni Vendors.
MIAMA has now added a section on the website where all Member Spotlights can be accessed on one page.
MIAMA Member Spotlights
Your MIAMA Board of Directors thanks you for your consideration!
If you have any questions you would like sent to the membership for discussion, please send an email to the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at:
job openings
Job Postings: If your facility has a job opening and you would like it listed here, please send the job posting website link via email to MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @ There is no charge, just another added feature of being a MIAMA member.
How to post your job posting on
1. Log in to
2. Go to “Job Postings – Classifieds”
listed along the right side of the main page in Red
3. Click on “Place Ad”
in the left middle of the page and enter all necessary information.
4. That is all you need to do to post your job posting.
Job Postings on
The 2019 MIAMA Board Meetings are as follows:
Wednesday, July 10th: Delano Sports Arena – 9:30am
Tuesday, September 3rd: Sugar Lake Lodge – TBD
Wednesday, October 2nd: Apple Valley Community Center – 9:30am
All MIAMA Board Meetings are open to the membership. For more information, please contact MIAMA Administrative Assistant Dean Mulso at: or MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at:

2019 MIAMA Full Membership Vendors

All American Feb 2018
Arena Warehouse
B 32
Becker_Logo Fall 2018
Carlson Stewert 2018
Honeywell Logo
McKinstry - 10-2015
RR logo-small
Master Electric
zamboni connect white
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