High school hockey keeps this community together

Rochester, Minnesota, averages 13 inches of snow every December, but it’s never stopped the Kiwanis Hockey Festival from heralding the winter holidays. Now approaching its 27th year, the event has brought Kiwanis in touch with nearly every family in the city.

The festival centers around a high school hockey tournament that’s run from top to bottom by members of four Kiwanis clubs: Rochester, Rochester-Sunrisers, Rochester Golden K and Rochester Day Makers.

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