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Sports Announcements: Cottage Grove all-day Hockey Fest, Ironman returning to Washington County, and more

Cottage Grove all-day Hockey Fest

Everyone is invited to the Cottage Grove Hockey Association’s annual hockey fest, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.

Admission is free. Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot will greet visitors from noon to 1 p.m. Activities will include Mite hockey games all day, a bounce house, Chuck-a-Puck, Zamboni rides, games, free face painting, vendors, food and a silent auction.

East Ridge Athletic Association general membership meeting Feb. 24

The annual East Ridge Athletic Association (ERAA) General Membership meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. at East Ridge High School. Contact Dave Wegner ERAA Board Director Marketing and Communications at 651-341-0906 with questions.

East Ridge spring sports registration

East Ridge High School’s spring sports online registration will open on Friday, Feb. 14. Athletes interested in joining a Minnesota State High School League spring sport at East Ridge can go to the East Ridge website to register. On the ERHS home page under ‘Hot Topics’, click on the ‘2014 Spring Sports Registration’ link for instructions and requirements for registration. After reading the instructions, click on the link to register. Please be sure to register by the deadline date which is listed for each sport on the instruction page. Please note that athletes must have a Sports Qualifying Physical Examination form completed by a physician on file at East Ridge High School at the time of registration. Questions about pre-season meetings, captain’s practices, equipment, booster clubs, etc., should be directed to the head coach.

Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride registration

The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride will be returning to Washington County on Sunday, April 27, following a record-breaking year in 2013. Rider registration is open now at A $10 discount for Early Bird registration is available through Feb. 28. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Routes have been designed in roughly 15, 30, 60 and 100-mile increments to provide options for all cyclists. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is the longest running organized bicycle ride in Minnesota and runs through the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Cost is $30 for Early Bird registration, $40 from March 1 to April 14 and $15 for youths 18 and under. Teams of eight or more earn a $5 discount per rider. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride has hosted over 100,000 cyclists in their 47-year history.

East Ridge track and field captains’ practice

Anyone interested in running track and field for East Ridge High School this spring? Start training at captains’ practice held every day after school from 3:30-5 p.m. on the indoor track at East Ridge.

Skating lessons at Cottage Grove Ice Arena

Is your family looking for a way to stay healthy and active this spring? Why not sign up for skating lessons at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena? Cottage Grove offers cost-effective lessons for all ages and abilities year round at the arena. Unlike most sports which require special clothing and gear - all CGIA requires is skates. Spring lessons start the week of Feb. 15. All registrations received before Feb. 3 will qualify for a 10 percent discount. Every lesson receives a free “Skate Saver” card ($40 value) to be used at any public skate time. (excludes Team Lines). For more information call 651-458-3400 or visit

Park dance team hosts annual Kids Camp Feb. 21

The Park High School dance team is hosting their annual Kids Camp for boys and girls grades K-7 on Friday, Feb. 21. Learn skills from members of the Wolfpack dance team, meet new friends, and perform a unique routine at halftime of a basketball game. More information and registration can be found at

East Ridge soccer club spring season starts soon

Looking for a competitive soccer team to join for the 2014 spring/summer season? The East Ridge Soccer Club is excited for the spring/summer season to start and have openings on some of its competitive teams. Please contact if you are interested in joining us or for more information. Spring/summer fees are $335 per player for U9-U10 and $350 for U11 – U18. There is a one-time registration fee of $40. The season runs end of April thru July and includes winter training which has just started.

East Ridge cheer team fundraiser

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? What about in February? Staying home for spring break? Need a last minute birthday gift? Why not get an unlimited ride Nickelodeon Universe wristband? The East Ridge cheer boosters are selling them for $23 each. They never expire. Please contact Jennifer Gullickson at to purchase.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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