Hundreds Visit Pike Lake to Enjoy Outdoor Skating

Pike Lake saw some thick ice early this winter, meaning hundreds visited to get some ice time.

PIKE LAKE, Minn. – Pike Lake saw some thick ice early this winter, meaning hundreds visited to get some ice time.

“Not too many ponds that are super frozen over right now and no outdoor rinks are really flooded because it’s been warm so it’s really nice to get out here on this ice,” Anika Burke said.

“It’s a fun time being able to bond and you can’t beat free ice in the condition it’s in,” Dave and Blake Sletten added.

Many hockey players hit the ice as they wait to return to practice and games

“The season, we don’t know when it’s going to start so we’ve got to keep practicing, keep skating. Teams in other places that aren’t able to play right now, they don’t have lakes like down south, but it’s really nice to be up in Northern Minnesota when you can just, any pond, any lake, it’s just really nice to get out there,” Burke said.

While many kids used it as a way to take a break during virtual learning.

“We’re making a lot of memories today. Kiddos and I, we’re all having fun. There’s been a few bumps on the ice between both of us, but we’re having a good time,” Sletten said.

And at the end of the day, there isn’t a lot more Minnesotan than spending some time on the outdoor ice.

“Hockey’s a true Minnesota northern sport so we’re certainly out here trying to represent and we haven’t done a whole lot of skating over the past few years so we figured it was a great opportunity to give it a try,” Sletten said.

“You’ll just come here and meet up with your friends, you don’t know who’s going to be here, you’re just going to have a good time,” Burke added.

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