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Work begins on Cottage Grove Ice Arena locker room expansions

East Ridge Face Off Club Board Member Eric Young, President Mike Pape, Board Member Shawn Schmidt, Head Coach Dustin Vogelgesang, Board Member Mary McVey and East Ridge Athletic Director Sara Palodichuk broke ground on the locker room expansion at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena Aug. 14. Courtesy of the East Ridge Face Off Club

COTTAGE GROVE — The East Ridge Face Off Club and Cottage Grove Ice Arena broke ground Aug. 14 on new locker rooms that will help growing hockey teams have enough space.

The number of teams in the Cottage Grove Hockey Association have more than doubled in the last seven years, and membership is still growing.

The expansion will add nearly 2,200 square feet onto the west side of the arena's west ice sheet for the locker rooms and extra storage. The city expects the expansion to be complete by November.

The total cost is estimated at about $400,000, with the East Ridge Face Off Club responsible for about $300,000 and the remaining $100,000 will come from the ice arena fund and park improvement funds that eventually will be repaid using arena revenues.