There won't be an ice sculpture at Barker's Island in Superior this winter.
The Superior City Council voted last week not to renew the contract for an ice sculptor this winter because the cost of a contract had gone up, KBJR 6 reports.
For the past two years, the city had paid Roger "Iceman" Hanson $30,000 to create sculptures on Barker's Island for the Lake Superior Ice Festival. Both years, the ice sculptures fell before reaching world record heights due to abnormally warm winters.
Hanson addressed the city council's decision on Facebook, saying "this would have been my greatest sculpture ever" because weather officials are forecasting a "very cold winter."
Hanson said earlier this year he was looking for someone to be his protege.