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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 18, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

CONTACT: Darren Jorgenson, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Village of Lake Delton, e-mail:  phone 608-254-8404 ext 100


LAKE DELTON, Wis – As of Thursday, December 18, 2014, the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena has resumed normal operations.  The source of the Carbon Monoxide (CO) leak was determined to be from the Olympia ice resurfacing machine.  In an effort to prevent any further incidents, the past few days have been spent looking at all aspects of the building and equipment.

Out of an abundance of caution, several steps have been taken to insure the ice rink is safe to occupy.  Although not specifically required by code, multiple CO detectors have since been installed throughout the facility.  A new ice resurfacer was delivered to the ice rink on Wednesday and will remain in use until further notice.  The new ice resurfacer passed a certified emissions test prior to being shipped to the ice rink. 

Other inspections, such as the ventilation system, have taken place since the incident Saturday night.  While the ventilation system was operating normally, there are areas that have been identified for potential improvements.  The building was designed and built in the mid-1990s but since then, technology has changed which allows for the possible improvement of the existing ventilation system at the ice rink.  As we move forward, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide for the safety of all who attend events at the ice rink. 

The incident remains under investigation. 


CONTACT: Darren Jorgenson, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Village of Lake Delton, e-mail:  phone 608-254-8404 ext 100

Carbon Monoxide (CO) leak at the Lake Delton Ice Rink

LAKE DELTON, Wis – During the evening of Saturday, December 13, 2014, hockey players and spectators at the Poppy Waterman Ice Rink, 112 Miller Drive, Lake Delton, WI were exposed to high levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO).  At the time of this release, area hospitals have treated 81 patients who were experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, vomiting, and fainting. 

At the conclusion of a minor league hockey game Saturday evening between the Dells Ducks (WI Dells, WI) and the Ice Hawks (Rochester, MN) players reported having headaches, feeling dizzy, several had vomited, and one had fainted.  Paramedics with the Dells/Delton EMS service were called to the location and immediately recognized the possibility of CO poisoning.  The Delton Fire Department was called and recorded high readings of CO from inside the building. 

Many hockey players, staff, and spectators left the ice rink prior to the discovery of the CO leak.  Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement were dispatched to various locations in Lake Delton and WI Dells to make contact with those known to have been at this ice rink during the final hockey game.  People experiencing flu like symptoms were either transported via ambulance or elected to go to the hospital on their own.

Agencies involved with this incident were Dells/Delton EMS, Delton Fire, Lake Delton Police, Kilbourn Fire, WI Dells Police, Baraboo EMS, Reedsburg EMS, Divine Savior EMS, Mauston EMS, Lodi EMS, and North Freedom First Responders.  Patients were treated at St. Clare Hospital, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Divine Savior Hospital, and Mile Bluff Medical Center.

All activities at the ice rink have been canceled for Sunday, December 14th and Monday, December 15th.  At the time of this release the cause of the CO leak has not been determined and this incident remains under investigation by the Delton Fire and Lake Delton Police Departments. 

Rochester Post Bulletin - Friday, December 19, 2014
MnJHL gets a shakeup
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:54 pm | Updated: 8:52 am, Fri Dec 19, 2014.

Though the move was not a surprise, several teams announced Thursday their intention to leave the Minnesota Junior Hockey League next season.

The entire Central Division of the MnJHL is leaving after just a two-year stint in the league. Central Division teams were affiliate members in 2012-13 and played last season and this season as full-fledged MnJHL members.

Also leaving the MnJHL are the Dells Ducks, Hudson Crusaders, Minnesota Owls and Ironwood Yoopers. The Owls (2-24) are the only team from Minnesota leaving the league.

The teams from the Central Division, along with the Ducks, Crusaders, Owls and Yoopers, are joining the U.S. Premier Hockey League.

That league is based on the East Coast and it currently consists of three divisions — the Premier Division, Elite Division and Empire Division.

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Post Bulletin - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
CO poisoning created scene 'like a zombie movie'

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 9:23 am | Updated: 10:21 am, Mon Dec 15, 2014.

LAKE DELTON, Wis. — At least 81 people, including 25 Rochester Ice Hawks players and coaches, were taken to hospitals for carbon monoxide poisoning after a Minnesota Junior Hockey League game Saturday at Poppy Waterman Arena.

The Ice Hawks and Dells Ducks played a 7 p.m. game. Immediately after the Ducks' 5-1 win, players became ill, with many vomiting and one player reportedly fainting.

After the initial report, the Lake Delton Fire Department arrived at the rink and found high levels of carbon monoxide, believed to be caused by a faulty ice-resurfacing machine.

Paramedics were called to the scene, and Ducks players were taken to area hospitals. Ice Hawks players already had left the arena, heading to a local restaurant with host parents, fans and parents who made the trip. About 30 minutes later, the Ice Hawks coaching staff was notified, and all Ice Hawks players were called back to the team hotel, where medical and fire personnel diagnosed and treated players and fans.

"They set up a triage unit in the hotel lobby," Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis said.

Lake Delton is in the Wisconsin Dells area, and there is no major hospital nearby. Ice Hawks owner and general manager Michael Fatis said players and fans were taken to four hospitals in the area.

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