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Pioneer Press Photo by Jean Pieri Jim Leonard uses his own private Zamboni to clean the rinks at the Lion’s Park ice rinks in Lake Elmo on Jan. 29. It’s a childhood dream of his to operate one.

Where hockey is king, the Zamboni is a royal chariot


LAKE ELMO, Minn. — In Minnesota, the coolest guy on the block is not the one with the Corvette.

It’s the one with his own personal Zamboni.

Jim Leonard is that guy, with a 40-year-old personal-size machine that makes him a rock star in his hometown of Lake Elmo.

“It has been a dream of mine since I was 5 years old,” Leonard said as he climbed into the driver’s seat and twirled the wheel controlling the scraper blade.

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