Bill Could Clean the Air at Minnesota Ice Arenas

By KBJR News 1

Bill Could Clean the Air at Minnesota Ice Arenas

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a bill through the House that would make the air you breathe in ice arenas cleaner.

The measure comes on the heels of last November's carbon monoxide poisoning at Fryberger Arena in Duluth that sent dozens to the hospital.

The House bill, co-authored by several Northland lawmakers, would give $1.5 million in bond proceeds to install, renovate or replace heating and air condition systems at certain arenas.

Representative Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown) says the funding would come from the Mighty Ducks Grant which was created to fund the building of arenas.

Rep. Murphy says discussions surrounding the bill also include the possibility of using funds to swap gas-powered Zambonis with electrical-powered ones.

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