Every year the village north of us has an ice palace during their winter carnival. It -- both carnival and palace -- are somewhat smaller than the ones in St Paul and elsewhere.
Of course, the 2015 Luck ice palace didn't have the luxury of being situated directly in front of the Landmark Center, as the one in St Paul did, but it also was not as commercialized (above, lower right; click to embiggen).
Ice palaces have a long and storied history in the Land Of 10,000 Lakes.
Here is the Luck ice palace:
Although the 2015 Luck ice palace is small, it is larger than the one I last chronicled here.
Bringing down an ice palace is as much fun as building it. Maybe more...
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A Twin Cities television station has a feature called Going to the Lake, wherein two of their anchors travel to a vacation destination in MN or WI. The female anchor and the sports anchor came to Luck for the winter carnival. We watched them on TV: in front of the ice palace, in a local bar, having lunch at coffee house/cafe.
Edited to add: you can watch the Going to the Lake segments here.
The coffee house/cafe staged its second annual trivia contest during the winter carnival. Smokey, Younger Son, and I had participated the the first one and came in second. When I called the coffee shop to register they told me the contest was full! This is the first time in all our years here that anything -- a theatre, a restaurant, anything -- turned us away because it was full; such is one of the joys of small-town life.
But they called again the morning of the contest to say one of the teams had canceled and we were in. Younger Son got here 24 hours earlier than he usually does on a weekend, just so he could participate in the contest.
We remembered from the first contest that in order to win, a team has to bet big when they can So we did, and we didn't know the answer, and we lost all our points halfway through. Had we gotten that single question right, we might have won. [/whine]