by Dennis Dalman
Bernick’s Arena in Sartell recently received a Mighty Ducks grant of $100,000 to help pay for the costs of repairs and updates at the center. The major update was to transfer to a new refrigerant because of an environmental mandate.
The grant requires a match from the arena and/or the City of Sartell. Originally, the grant application was for $200,000, and the arena offered to match that by half, $100,000, with the city matching the other half. Since the grant that was given is only half of the amount requested, the Sartell City Council at its last meeting discussed whether the city and the arena should lower their matching amounts to $50,000 each.
But the council unanimously voted to keep the matching amounts at $100,000 each.