More chances for youth to Learn to Skate

Published 11:22 am Saturday, February 2, 2019

Do you have a child ages 3 to 10 that wants to learn out to skate?

We are offering another Learn to Skate program from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on March 6, 13, 27 and April 3 at Riverside Arena.  This class is for the beginner skater.  Participants will learn the basics of skating, however, they will fall down so we recommend that elbow pads and shin pads be worn.

Helmets are required at all times. A parent or guardian 16-years-old and up may accompany a participant at no charge.

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If skates are needed you may rent a pair for $1. Helmets are also available to rent.  Register online  at The cost is $25 and deadline is March 5.

The 2019 3-on 3- Sweets Cup Competition will be at Riverside Arena and March 12 and 26 and April 2,9,16 and 23.

Youth groups include Mites/10U girls; Squirt/12U girls; Peewee/14U girls and Bantam/16U girls.  Each division plays five, one-hour games followed by a one-night skills competition to win the Sweets Cup.

Cost is $40 per player with time set aside between 6-9 p.m. Start times will vary.

Register online at

The next session of Learn to Play Hockey is scheduled for April 10,17,24 and May 1.

This class is geared for those 3 to 8 years old, held from 6-8:45 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Cost is $25.

Equipment can be leased with a cash deposit of $75. Supplies are limited and you must supply your own mouth guard.  Please call Riley at 433-1881 with any questions.

Check out Victory Volleyball at Banfield Elementary in February with Sue Andersen and  hosted by Austin Community Education. This class is open to girls and boys in third and fourth grade from 3-4 p.m. and staring on Monday

Register on the Austin Community Education site at

Paint the Town Pink

Paint the Town Pink goes on with this year’s campaign, “Every Dollar, Every Cancer, Every Person Matters.”

Some of the other upcoming larger community events are: Paint the Air Pink on Feb. 1 with the KAUS Radiothon; Paint the Rink Pink is at 7:05 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Riverside Arena; Fishing for a Cure is at noon on Feb. 9 at East Side Lake and Smashin” for Cancer Demo Derby and YMCA 5k is on Feb. 10 at the Mower County Fairgrounds.

There are many other events that you may enjoy.  To find which events interest you, go to the Hormel Institute site at and Click for Pink at the top of the page.  This will take you to a calendar of events.  Thank you to all that support this campaign.


Our mild January we were experiencing was squashed this last week with this winter blast.

However, I still look at it as we were spoiled with a few mild weeks and spring is that much closer.

It is never too early to apply for that summer job so pick up your application or print the seasonal application off our website. 

Park and Recreation has many part-time job opportunities for ages high school and up. Are you retired and looking for something to get you outside? We may have something for you.

We will have job openings in park maintenance, municipal pool positions, gardener position and recreation positions. Within the recreation position we will be hiring a summer recreation assistant position. Always check our city web page at for the employment information.

Packer Arena

Packer Arena public skate dates:

  • 4:30-6:45 p.m., Feb. 8
  • 3-5 p.m., Feb. 9
  • 3:45-5 p.m., Feb. 10
  • 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 22
  • 2-5 p.m., Feb. 23

Feb. 23 will be the last skate at Packer Arena as  we will move back over to Riverside Arena.

The weekend of Feb. 15-17 there is another tournament. These are also posted on our Facebook page.  Having a birthday party or getting your friends and family together — rent the arena. Call our office for times at 507-433-1881.

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The Austin Bruins Paint the Rink Pink is tonight.  They will be on the road Feb 8 and 9 and back on Feb 15 and 16 hosting Minot and Feb 22 hosting the MN Wilderness.

Austin boys hockey will host Rochester John Marshall on Feb. 9. Junior varsity is at 11 a.m. and varsity at 1 p.m.