Help Proctor youth hockey

A hockey tradition runs strong in northern Minnesota. Eh? thinks that has something to do with the endless winters. Regardless of the cause, the effect is that organizations spring up to help ease the transition from couch to ice. Enter the Proctor Amateur Hockey Association.

PAHA, a volunteer-driven program, works to promote participation, growth and development of boys and girls hockey. Recently, one of the three compressors that make ice possible needed to be replaced. The PAHA was able to take care of that, but it now needs a fundraising effort to ensure all of the other maintenance and programs are funded. Enter the citizenry.

The association has partnered with area businesses to cover operating costs, and is asking for the public’s help. As a 501(c)(3), PAHA is tax-exempt, meaning people who donate will receive a receipt for tax return purposes. If you prefer to donate a cash or check, send it PAHA, P.O. Box 1025, Proctor, MN 55810.

For those who eschew the more direct donation style, there are other ways to make a contribution.

The Boundary Avenue Mobil station, at 130 S Boundary Ave., will be full service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, with all tips and $3 per purchased car wash going to PAHA.

Don’t have a vehicle to wash or fuel? Midway Café, 5691 U.S. Highway 2 in Hermantown, will donate 15 percent from all purchased meals to PAHA today and Oct. 29 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There also will be a cash raffle with first prize being $2.500. Tickets are available at the PAHA concession stand, or by contacting Brenda Shouts at (218) 390-4594 or Amy Pocrnich at (218) 940-7884.

And, while it technically is possible to play hockey without ice, what fun is that? Like sledding without snow, baseball without a diamond, coffee without caffeine – it may be possible – but not nearly as much fun.