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Crews battle cold to build St. Paul ice castle

construction of seven-story castle now underway

By: | January 12, 2018 5:15 pm

Below zero temperatures didn’t stop Xcel Energy crews from volunteering their time for an icy tradition.

They used company trucks to help transport the 4,000 blocks of ice that will be transformed into an ice castle for the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Each ice block weighs about 750 pounds, nearly double the size of years past due to the extreme cold.

The ice was harvested from Green Lake in Spicer, Minn. and transported over 100 miles to Rice Park in St. Paul.

“This is the fourth year our crews have stepped up to the plate, giving their own time to help out on these efforts,” said Scott Snyder, Director Supply Chain Fleet. “They are excellent ambassadors of Xcel Energy helping to support the communities we serve.”

Crews also placed polymer mats at Rice Park where the castle is being built.

“I’m proud of the dedication of all getting the job done even with the inhospitable weather conditions,” said Dave Berklund, Senior Director Transmission Construction and Line Operations. “Thank you to everyone who took part working safely and collaborating to make this goodwill effort a success.”


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