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2.5 mile skating path through Warroad was a hit, now there's an effort to keep it

The "Riverbender Crew" is hoping to buy new equipment to maintain the path this season, and for years to come.

Neighbors who plowed a 2.5-mile ice path on the Warroad River in Warroad are seeking financial help to buy equipment to maintain the viral winter attraction this year and in the years to come. 

Back in December, amid COVID school closures and canceled sports, three neighbors in Warroad plowed nearly a mile-long path along the river bend to connect their two river rinks. 

From there, the popularity of the path grew and they made it longer, totaling 2.5 miles to connect people along the river to nearby businesses. The path is lined with donated Christmas trees, there are multiple lights and fire pits set up along the way, as well as a concession stand and skate rental at "the start" of the path at Doc's Harbor Inn. 

The path has brought the community together and has attracted the attention of statewide and national news organizations, including Good Morning America and CNBC.

The neighbors, who call themselves the "Riverbender Crew," have been maintaining the path themselves using homemade equipment, as well as a Polaris-donated power broom and an anonymous donor's pump to flood the path. 

And now they've teamed up with Warroad Community Partners to launch the Riverbend Skate Path Maintenance Fund via Go Fund Me with the hope of raising enough money to buy equipment to maintain the path. 

According to a Go Fund Me spokesperson, supporters, including residents and businesses, have been rallying around this cause, donating nearly $1,000 a day. This prompted Warroad Community Partners to start an online giving campaign. 

While spring is near, the skate path is still open. Updates on conditions are posted daily on the Warroad Community Partners Facebook page

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