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Old 12-05-2019, 11:34 PM
 
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There is a confusion and Google search keep directing me to another rink name. I am a researcher and historian about former skating rinks. I found out there was a rink called Cheep Skate in Coon Rapids however, I keep getting Cheap Skates in the same town. One link explains about Cheep Skate in Minnetonka and I found that they had another rink, the one I am talking about-in Coon Rapids. Cheep Skate in C.R was sold and closed in 1992 but the website for Cheap Skate says it opened in 1978. You see the spelling so far?

This is most oddest I ever seen because of the similar names of Cheep and Cheap.

Anyone know about the differences?

I like your feedback which will help me make profile for Cheep Skate of Coon Rapids, MN for my website.

Thank you!
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:40 AM
 
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There is a confusion and Google search keep directing me to another rink name. I am a researcher and historian about former skating rinks. I found out there was a rink called Cheep Skate in Coon Rapids however, I keep getting Cheap Skates in the same town. One link explains about Cheep Skate in Minnetonka and I found that they had another rink, the one I am talking about-in Coon Rapids. Cheep Skate in C.R was sold and closed in 1992 but the website for Cheap Skate says it opened in 1978. You see the spelling so far?

This is most oddest I ever seen because of the similar names of Cheep and Cheap.

Anyone know about the differences?

I like your feedback which will help me make profile for Cheep Skate of Coon Rapids, MN for my website.

Thank you!
I was at the rink on opening night. I know all about the history and in HS, I skated there a lot. I'll PM you. Oh. The current website https://cheapskatecr.com/ I have not step foot in their rink for 30 years but I drive by it every-so-often.

And it is cheepsake (as the initial logo was a bird; the bird sound "cheep cheep".
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Old 12-07-2019, 08:39 AM
 
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Actually as I remember it, their logo used to be a roller skating racoon. There seems to be a recent trend where everybody suddenly hates the name of their city, so the rink painted over all of the racoons and replaced them with a new logo which is just a roller skate. They also recently "remodeled" the inside in order to shoe horn a small bounce house and indoor play area in the back corner, which they charge extra for.

It is a fun place to bring small kids to though. Especially in the winter when there isn't a lot of other stuff to do.







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Old 12-07-2019, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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My old stomping grounds. Growing up in the northern suburbs in the 80s and 90s I must have gone there at least 20-30 times. Birthday parties, school field trips or the random weekend diversion. Good times.
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Old 12-08-2019, 06:24 AM
 
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Actually as I remember it, their logo used to be a roller skating racoon. There seems to be a recent trend where everybody suddenly hates the name of their city, so the rink painted over all of the racoons and replaced them with a new logo which
The original logo was two birds on roller skates"cheep cheep". The Racoon replacement happened after Stu Sheldon sold it to the owner of the Coon Rapids mini golf (over by the police department). I think that was in the early 90's. I'm not sure who owns the rink now.

I remember the rink. I was there on opening night and I am guessing around 1978 (ish). There was a massive line outside the door and they were not ready for the announced opening day. I remember the side isle carpet wasn't installed yet so they gave us a discount. It got so humid from so many bodies (I'm guessing a 1,000 people) that the floor had moisture on it and people were sliding around the edges of the block wall.
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Old 12-08-2019, 07:38 AM
 
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Lili Putt, the miniature golf, go carts, and bumper boats place is still open (seasonally) on Coon Rapids Boulevard just north of the East River Road/Coon Rapids Boulevard split.

I was not aware Lili Putt and Cheap Skate were at one time owned by the same person, so thank you for that information.

Cheap Skate's former roller rink location in Minnetonka location on Cedar Lake Road east of Hopkins Crossroads closed many years ago and has been an Aldi for over a decade.

Speaking of entertainment and recreation opportunities along Coon Rapids Boulevard, is Grand Slam still open near the intersection with Crooked Lake Boulevard? Cheap Skate and Grand Slam were both just a block-or-two away from each other near Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Mercy Hospital and the WCCO-AM radio tower.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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My old stomping grounds. Growing up in the northern suburbs in the 80s and 90s I must have gone there at least 20-30 times. Birthday parties, school field trips or the random weekend diversion. Good times.
Same. I was in elementary school in the early 90s, and every year we went to Cheap Skate for a field trip. I had one or two birthday parties there as a kid, too.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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Lili Putt, the miniature golf, go carts, and bumper boats place is still open (seasonally) on Coon Rapids Boulevard just north of the East River Road/Coon Rapids Boulevard split.

I was not aware Lili Putt and Cheap Skate were at one time owned by the same person, so thank you for that information.

Cheap Skate's former roller rink location in Minnetonka location on Cedar Lake Road east of Hopkins Crossroads closed many years ago and has been an Aldi for over a decade.

Speaking of entertainment and recreation opportunities along Coon Rapids Boulevard, is Grand Slam still open near the intersection with Crooked Lake Boulevard? Cheap Skate and Grand Slam were both just a block-or-two away from each other near Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Mercy Hospital and the WCCO-AM radio tower.
My guess is the Lili Putt owner still owns the Coon Rapids Cheapskate. And yes, Gran Slam is still open https://www.grandslamcoonrapids.com/

To clarify, Coon Rapids at least was called "Cheepskate". The new owner changed it to "Cheapskate" as well as the logo (from the birds to the raccoon). I know some of the background because I worked at the rink in the early 80's till about 1984 while going to high school in Anoka.

if memory serves me, it sold for around $600K. Cheep (pun intended).
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:03 PM
 
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There are 3 Cheep Skates that were all open by Stu Sheldon. Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, and Minnetonka.

Stu sold the Cottage Grove location 1st and I believe it became a night club called the gold rush.

Then he sold the Coon Rapids location and they changed the spelling from cheep too cheap and they changed the logo to the raccoon.

The last location sold was the Minnetonka location it was sold to Jeff Kurtson. He kept the name spelled with cheep.

I started skating there when I was 5 or 6 in 1976 maybe and became a competitive roller skater. When I was 15 I started working at the rink and worked there for a long time at least 15 years. I believe they close around 2002 I'm not positive on the date unless I go back and look at my resume I worked there until they closed. They were sold and then that became an Aldi's.
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