Minnesota family builds a giant snow octopus to save lives

Author:
Updated:
Original:

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/photos/a.329328667261217.1073741834.219226698271415/443601889167227/?type=3&permPage=1

The Bartz brothers of New Brighton have made headlines for their annual snow sculptures. And Friday, Austin, Trevor and Connor revealed a masterpiece that took them more than 500 hours and is bigger and better than ever.

Not only because Octavius stands 18 feet tall. But this year, the boys write on Facebook that they hope they'll "have an impact bigger than a pile of snow."

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/posts/442831925910890

The Bartz brother's fundraising campaign says since they work with snow to complete the project every year, they decided to raise money for clean drinking water in Haiti. So they partnered with One Day's Wages – a nonprofit that fights global poverty.

People have two ways to donate. You can either stop by the sculpture and drop it in the donation box. Or you can donate online. Their goal is to raise $10,000 by March 5.

One Day's Wages says the World Health Organization estimates about 900,000 people die every year because they don't have good drinking water, sanitation or hygiene. Haiti is the poorest county in the Western Hemisphere, and 40 percent of the people do not have an improved water source.

Check out the awesome sculptures these Minnesota brothers have done in the past.

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/photos/a.332970783563672.1073741835.219226698271415/332972286896855/?type=3&permPage=1

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/photos/a.221837221343696.1073741831.219226698271415/221837248010360/?type=3&permPage=1

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/photos/a.221836924677059.1073741830.219226698271415/221837004677051/?type=3&permPage=1

https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures/photos/a.221836464677105.1073741828.219226698271415/221836468010438/?type=3&permPage=1

Next Up

Marcus Foligno

Hockey fight: Foligno steps in after Knights' hit on Kaprizov

All hell broke loose after Nicolas Hauge's hit on Kirill Kaprizov.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz will announce timeline 'to end all COVID-19 restrictions'

The details will be revealed in the governor's planned Thursday address.

Associate wearing PPE 2

Amazon to open new facility in St. Cloud this year, creating 'hundreds' of jobs

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis shared the news in his State of the City address this week.

State Patrol

State Patrol: Semi driver kills self after being stopped by troopers

The incident happened Wednesday morning in the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester.

state fair beer

Money Gal: Don't forget the most important items in your budget

Kelly started Money Gal Coaching after paying down more than $46,000 in debt in just 20 months.

ambulance

Crash kills motorcyclist near Treasure Island casino

The crash took place just before midnight.

The Lunds & Byerlys on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, three weeks prior to opening.

New Lunds & Byerlys opens in Minneapolis this month

It's been built in the spot formerly occupied by Bergan's SuperValu.

valleyfair food workers 1

Valleyfair food workers getting a pay raise for 2021 season

The starting wage will increase from $11.25 an hour to $15 an hour.

Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 11.10.59 AM

Peloton recalls treadmills after child's death, dozens of other injuries

Officials say owners should stop using them immediately.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 6.42.54 AM

St. Paul man gets prison, ordered to pay $12M for burning of 3rd Police Precinct

He was among four Minnesota men charged in connection to the fires at the Third Precinct following George Floyd's murder.

baseball

Some MN high schools are refusing to pay MSHSL's pandemic fee

The installment fees were approved as a "short-term" budget fix.

Grand Portage State Park

Senate GOP threatens State Parks, DNR shutdown if 'Clean Cars' rule isn't scrapped

Republicans are willing to hold up the omnibus environment bill to stop the MPCA from enacting Clean Cars rules.

Related

Lack of snow is threatening outdoors events; DNR issues wildfire warning

Sled dog races, snowmobiling, cross-country ski trails, everything's up in the air now. As a coordinator with the state's snowmobile association says, "It's winter in Minnesota. There's not a lot to do without snow, except do a snow dance."

Snow sculpture of giant puffer fish drawing attention in New Brighton

A few teenagers with a day off school sculpted a puffer fish that stands nearly 6 feet tall. "Probably over 200 people have stopped here and they all have enjoyed it," one of the sculptors told WCCO.

Minnesota brothers sculpt giant snow lobster for a good cause

It's the latest 'snow sculpture for a cause' by the Bartz brothers.