New sheet of ice at BCA named Sanford POWER Rink

The new sheet of ice at the Bemidji Community Arena will be named the Sanford POWEr Rink, and Sanford has leased space at the arena to provide-year round “POWER” services beginning this Fall.

“The completion of the addition at the BCA has presented us with a unique chance to make our Sanford POWER services more readily available in the community,” said Susan Jarvis, president and CEO of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that the BCAC reached out to us with this opportunity and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for our organizations and for Bemidji.”

Sanford has partnered with Bemidji High School for the past eight years to provide POWER strength and conditioning programs for student athletes.

“We’ve seen great success with our middle school and high school summer POWER programs. Unfortunately, without a permanent, designated space, we’ve only been able to offer these programs during the summer up to this point,” said Brad Neis, executive director for orthopedics & sports medicine  services, including Sanford POWER, for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota.

“This facility will allow us to better meet the training needs of our community.”

POWER will be available for all athletes and community members to access the training at the arena.

Specific forms of training that will be offered include, but are not limited to:

•         Athletic performance training for groups, teams and individuals

•         Mental performance coaching

•         Return to performance programs

•         Running services

•         Sports nutrition

“No matter what a person is training for, we will be able to offer accessible sports- and activity-based POWER programs that can help improve physical performance, analyze risk or prevent musculoskeletal injuries in our community’s athletes,” said Neis.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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