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Winter Jubilee
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Nisswa Winter Jubilee

Last weekend was the annual Winter Jubilee in Nisswa and as in the past years, I went to watch the parade and enjoy the snow sculptures. This year some things made me wonder.


• I wonder if people know what goes into the making of such a sculpture.

• I wonder if people know how difficult it is to work hour after hour in the cold weather.

• I wonder if people know that one family has been doing snow sculptures every year of the 41 years of the jubilee.

• I wonder if people know that this year this family put in 150 man hours constructing their masterpiece.

• I wonder if people know that they spent $200 on paint to make it beautifully colorful.

• I wonder if people know that at least 3 of them took a day off of work to dedicate to the sculpture.

• I wonder if people know the total disregard some folks have of the sculptures by climbing on them.

• I wonder if people know the large number of people that surrounded that sculpture to take pictures.

• I wonder if people know how many times I heard this comment “This is the THIRD place winner?”.

• I wonder if people know exactly how these sculptures are judged ( I surely do not).

• I wonder if this dedicated family will be back next year in their same spot.

• I wonder, I really, really wonder.

Betty Simenstad


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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