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St. Paul ice rink repaired after theft thanks to local businesses

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After thieves made off with 64 four-foot copper tubes needed for the cooling system at a popular ice rink at Phalen Recreation Center, the city of St. Paul wasn't sure where it would come up with $20,000 to repair the outdoor rink.

Thanks to two local businesses, the ice should be hard and fast by Friday, KARE 11 reports.

NAC Mechanical and Electrical Services in Vadnais Heights and their supply partner Mulcahy Company, Inc in Eagan donated all labor and materials required to make the rink fully functional again.

"We're rooted in this community, and so is this rink. We couldn’t let this rink be taken from the kids and families of Saint Paul and we had a solution to prevent this from happening again," said NAC Mechanical and Electrical Services President Lynn Bishop in a news release.

The companies used a non-copper, plastic-based composite type material called "Heat-link" that has little-to-no scrap value and was tested to withstand Minnesota's winter elements.

MinnPost reports police still have not caught the original thieves.

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