A frozen crop: Detroit Lake hosts first ice harvest in nearly 50 years

“We are so excited to bring this ice harvest to Detroit Lakes,” said Carrie Johnston, president of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce

A crew of nine men from Wee Kut Ice in Spicer, Minn., arrived late Thursday morning to begin the process of harvesting approximately 1,500 blocks of ice, to be used in the construction of a 30-foot-tall ice palace on the city beach. The Polar Fest Ice Palace is set to make its debut at a Grand Lighting Ceremony on Thursday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. (which is also the first day of Polar Fest 2018).

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the ice harvest was held inside the Detroit Lakes Pavilion — a concession to the inhospitably windy, cold and snowy conditions outside — at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Despite the less-than-optimum weather, a large crowd gathered for the event — including a group of about 50 Frazee Elementary students, who at the time the ceremony was held, were touring the Becker County Museum’s Pavilion exhibit on the history of ice harvesting.

Source and article: Perham Focus