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Millen's team laces its skates

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It's not just a hockey team Corey Millen is building in his return home.

For now, in the throes of an August heat wave, it's the Northwoods Credit Union Arena ice, too.

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"It's soft. It's crack-y. It's thin," said the 49-year-old first-year coach of the Minnesota Wilderness. "Skating on it improves the ice, makes it stronger, but right now it's a challenge."

Monday's two-a-days marked the opening practices of the Wilderness' seven-month odyssey of a season.

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