Updated:
Original:

Warm weather again dashes Iceman's dreams of breaking world record

Author:

Roger "Iceman" Hanson's European ice castle won't break the world record this year.

The castle – standing 45-feet tall, 72-feet wide and 12-feet thick – is the main attraction at the Lake Superior Ice Festival, which runs through Feb. 27 on Barkers Island.

https://www.facebook.com/331858546931999/videos/879588632158985/

But warm weather has again prevented Hanson from breaking the Guinness World Record for the tallest ice sculpture in the world.

On Feb. 19 he posted on Facebook that the fifth tier of the castle – standing 52 feet high – collapsed due to rain and 42 degree weather.

https://www.facebook.com/331858546931999/videos/vb.331858546931999/878889738895541/?type=2

Instead of trying to gain more height, Hanson told the Wisconsin State Journal he’ll likely focus on spraying water at the base of the structure to reinforce it for the closing ceremonies on Saturday.

Warm weather caused his world record attempt to collapse last year, too – right before the opening day of the festival. But video of that collapse went viral and gave Hanson an international fan base.

He's been broadcasting his live progress on YouTube, which has drawn viewers from Russia, Germany, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Hanson started this year’s quest back in November, when he moved on to the island to start setting up his equipment, according to a post on his Facebook page.

Hanson, 65, is a self-taught software, mechanical and electrical engineer. He uses software to control a watering system that slowly builds the tower throughout the winter, and this year Hanson added a second spray tower to help with the project, the city notes. (Read more about his process here.)

Last year’s project cost the city about $32,444, but generated more than $300,000 worth of unpaid publicity for the region, the Superior Telegram reported. Despite the collapse, the project was deemed a success.

Hanson could be back again next winter, at least that’s the recommendation to the City Council from Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, according to the La Crosse Tribune.

Next Up

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."

msp airport

Employers at MSP Airport seeking to hire 700-plus workers

Employers include restaurants, retail, hotel, airlines and security.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

Driver who died in Hwy. 100 embankment rollover is identified

The 30-year-old was killed in the Saturday evening crash.

best buy

Best Buy launches another pre-Black Friday sale, the Early Deals Event

This latest round of discounts is available through Oct. 31.

dave chappelle

Dave Chappelle to perform at Target Center in Minneapolis

The comedian is screen his new documentary at part of the 10-city tour.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 7.06.08 AM

U.S. soccer hero Megan Rapinoe signs her mural at St. Paul bar

Rapinoe paid a visit to The Black Hart ahead of a match at Allianz Field Tuesday.

hospital, emergency room

1 dead after married couple crash UTV in southern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Related