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Propane-propelled fire-and-ice method

Bloomington yesterday: Rink resurfacing with fire and ice

In Bloomington, hockey and ice skating are as much a part of the winter landscape as a good dusting of snow. Ice time is a happy time for many skaters, whether aspiring novices or well-seasoned pros.

Here’s a look back at how rink ice was maintained in 1939. The old propane-propelled fire-and-ice method contrasts with the modern technology of Zamboni-style resurfacing used today.