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Minnesota National Guard Hockey Town of the Week

Town of the Week

Welcome to the Minnesota National Guard Hockey Town of the Week. Each week, fans can vote to decide which Minnesota hockey town is the best out of three options. The winning town will be featured on Wild.com for the week ahead. Last week's winner was Monticello, Minnesota, home to a population of 12,965. Hockey players from Monticello High School compete in the Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake co-op, and the MAML boys team made its first MSHSL State Tournament appearance this year. MAML plays at Moose Sherritt Ice Arena, named after longtime Monticello resident Gordon "Moose" Sherritt, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Minneapolis Millers.

This week's choice is among Ortonville, Pine City and Lonsdale.

Ortonville, which sits about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota-South Dakota border, has a population of 1,856. Hockey players from Ortonville are welcomed by the Big Stone Hockey Association, which provides a place to play for Ortonville residents and players from across the border in South Dakota. Ortonville's skating rink is less than a mile from South Dakota.

Pine City is around 700 miles due north of the Twin Cities and claims a population of 3,075. Pine City Hockey's mascot is quite unique: players wear a dragon on their uniforms. The boys hockey team at Pine High School sat atop the Two Rivers Conference this past season.

Lonsdale lies a little under 50 miles south of the Twin Cities, and 3,785 people call the town home. Players from Lonsdale play in the Tri-City United Hockey Association. Though the city is small, there are four lakes nearby, giving residents plenty of outdoor pucks space during cold Minnesota winters.

April 19: Monticello, MN

April 12: Hastings, MN

April 5: Anoka, MN

March 29: Austin, MN

March 22: Willmar, MN

March 15: Cottage Grove, MN

March 8: Owatonna, MN

March 1: St. Cloud, MN

Feb. 22: Moorhead, MN

Feb. 15: Mankato, MN

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