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Photos: Fun at the rink with Esko Hockey

The Esko Hockey Association and Esko Schools partnered to offer free skating sessions for kids on Wednesdays when they are released from school early.

Kids slowly skate behind the ice-resurfacing machine
Kids slowly skate behind the ice-resurfacing machine on Wednesday, Jan. 11, during the first open hockey skate put on by the Esko Hockey Association. The organization partnered with Esko Schools to offer free busing for students to skate after school on Wednesdays with early release. Wednesday was the first day and close to 60 kids attended, as well as many parents and grandparents. All skaters were required to wear helmets.
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Students race off the bus in anticipation of open hockey skate at Esko
Students race off the bus in anticipation of open hockey skate at Esko on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Jackson Harstad, 7, and Brooks Ruuska enjoy free popcorn and Gatorade
At right, Jackson Harstad, 7, and Brooks Ruuska enjoy free popcorn and Gatorade sponsored by the Esko Hockey Association on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Royce Upton, 5, of Esko gets help putting his helmet on
Royce Upton, 5, of Esko gets help putting his helmet on from his grandpa, John Upton, on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Alex Pinkert slows down before reaching the stairs that go down to the lower rinks.
Alex Pinkert slows down before reaching the stairs that go down to the lower rinks. Students were able to skate on four rinks during the open hockey skate in Esko on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The free hockey skate is offered on Wednesdays with early release from school. Esko families can sign up each week by Tuesday. Volunteers are at the school to make sure the students get on the right bus. Open hockey skate is open to any student enrolled at Esko and is free.
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Lyla Hudspith, 10, and Ellie Ruuska, 10, both of Esko, share smiles
Lyla Hudspith, 10, and Ellie Ruuska, 10, both of Esko, share smiles during the open hockey skate in Esko on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Ashton Martin, of Esko, takes a break from shooting the puck
Ashton Martin, of Esko, takes a break from shooting the puck on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Winterquist Elementary students have fun chasing the puck
Winterquist Elementary students have fun chasing the puck on Wednesday, Jan. 11, during the Esko Hockey Association's open hockey skate.
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Aiden Reinersten, 5, of Esko, has fun pushing around a chair on the rink
Aiden Reinersten, 5, of Esko, has fun pushing around a chair on the rink on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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Alden Kantola, 4, of Esko, enjoys some popcorn
Alden Kantola, 4, of Esko, enjoys some popcorn while helping his mom, Stephanie, in the concession stands on Wednesday, Jan. 11, during the Esko Hockey Association's open skate.
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