Despite warm temperatures, it’s no sweat for St. Paul ice palace

At mid-afternoon on Thursday, 2 degrees separated Daytona Beach, Florida and St. Paul, Minnesota. But you know what they’re not doing in Daytona? Trying to build a monstrous ice palace.

But, despite the comparatively warm temperatures (it only feels like blistering heat because…. well, you know), there was hardly a puddle to be found at St. Paul’s Rice Park, nearly the entire width and length of it cordoned off for the construction effort.

The secret to building a strong and safe ice castle, ironically, is heat. Workers are using flames (above) to mate each of the 3,700 blocks of ice, which barely glistened in the 41 degree temperatures, although there was some evidence of the effect of the warm spell.

Overnight temperatures will drop back to below freezing, assisting the e. pluribus unum method of ice castle construction.

Alas, not all ice blocks get to grow up to be an ice palace. This is St. Paul’s other “crashed ice.”

  • LieutenantLefse

    Love the novel use of e. pluribus unum there!

    • Heh. It’s about the only relevant use of it anymore. :*)

  • Gary F

    The Minneapolis Ice Palace! At least that’s what the out of town media will call it.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      The question is whether they’ll get the story on where the ice came from or will they show an aerial shot of the Minneapolis lakes, or maybe Minnetonka, and talk about harvesting ice from area lakes.

      • They’re not going to get ANY story. They’re not here for a guide to Minnesota. They’re here to cover a football game.

        The role of these things is to get a transition shot out of a commercial of something in the Twin Cities to establish where they are and then cross-disolve back to the game.

        I think Minnesotans are going to be REALLY disappointed if they expect the coverage of the game to have much to do with where it’s being played.

        • Jack Ungerleider

          You’ve got 6 hours of pre-game, which I never watch, so I just assumed they’d do some sort of stories on the area. It’s a lot of air time to fill. 8^)

          • Perhaps. I don’t spend much time watching anything but the game itself (I follow a team that plays in them more often than not), but I can’t recall anything about Glendale, Arizona a couple of years ago or the San Francisco area last year.

  • Jack

    I still find it ironic that our snowfall is less than places in North Carolina. Work colleagues in California wonder how we survive here. Easy – we celebrate 20’s and higher here.