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Pipestone finalizing plans for new rink

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Pipestone residents will have to wait one more winter before kids can lace up their skates in a new arena.

RM of Pipestone Reeve Ross Tycoles said council continues to work with an insurance company to iron out the plans for the rink.

Premier Greg Selinger looks over the destroyed skating rink in Pipestone while getting a tour from RM of Pipestone Reeve Ross Tycoles after a storm ravaged the village last July.

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Premier Greg Selinger looks over the destroyed skating rink in Pipestone while getting a tour from RM of Pipestone Reeve Ross Tycoles after a storm ravaged the village last July.

"We hope to start on the arena this fall," he said.

Last summer, a storm ravaged the village. Golf ball-sized hail smashed through car windows and caused substantial damage to crops.

Part of the rink lay in ruins, knocked down by the powerful winds, while another section of the building’s tin roof was torn away.

Insurance will cover the cost of the new facility, although there may be an opportunity to upgrade some aspects of the rink at a cost to the community, Tycoles said.

The price tag for the new rink is expected to be approximately $900,000.

The rink will also move closer to the ball diamonds.

"It’s going to be relocated so we can use it for multiple functions," Tycoles said.

The storm ripped through the area July 12, during Pipestone Fun Days, a slo-pitch tournament that draws hundreds to the community.

A social that evening had to be cancelled due to a giant hole in the community hall roof.

Tycoles said the roof has been fixed and is set to go ahead of the festival again this year, which takes place July 11 and 12.

Ball diamonds and backstops were also damaged, but have been repaired.

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