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Frozen In Time: Cold Spring Lanes [VIDEO]

Ashli Gerdes

 

COLD SPRING — David Wirtzfeld is a second generation owner of Cold Spring’s only bowling alley. In 1953 his dad Marlin and mother Delphine managed the facility which was located in the basement of St. Boniface Church.

In 1961 the bowling alley relocated to a building next to the Roccori Middle School. In 1973 Roccori Middle School was looking to expand which caused Cold Spring’s only alley to shut down.

The Wirtzfeld’s were faced with the decision to start-up their own bowling alley.

In 1974 they bought a building along Main Street and turned it into what is known today as Cold Spring Lanes.

In addition to buying a bowling facility of their own they also maintained their drive-in restaurant business. They ran the drive-in during the summer and the bowling alley in the winter.

The Wirtzfeld’s turned the family business over to their son Dave in 1986.

Today the alley remains in the same location it has been in since the early 1970s . They’ve added lights and electronic scoring boards to keep up with more modern bowling alleys. Dave they are a memory into the past for many local Minnesotans.

Dave Wirtzfeld says NFL wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Eric Decker grew up around the bowling alley. He’s made a few stop to the bowling lanes since he’s gone pro.

See a video of Cold Spring Lanes below.

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