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Warm weekend didn't stop Pond Hockey, Polar Plunges, Winter Carnival

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With temps well above average over the weekend it sure didn't feel like winter, but that didn't stop Minnesotans from getting outside to enjoy a series of weekend activities.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

The 48-hour ice-carving competition was delayed from Thursday to Saturday night at 7 p.m., which made for some extra show-and-tell for festival goers. Other features included an ice bar, ice sculptures (including a Royal Throne), a mini ice palace made of 400 blocks of ice, live music and a parade that helped kick off weekend festivities on Saturday.

FOX 9 said more than 350,000 people were expected to head to St. Paul for the carnival.

If you didn't get out to the carnival this weekend, no worries – it runs through Feb. 7. Click here to see the full schedule.

Pond Hockey Championships

Twelve rinks were filled all weekend for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The tournament started two weeks later than planned because of thin ice conditions. KARE says there is now 12-15 inches of ice, which is safe enough to play on.

Click here to find out which teams took home championships.

Lake George in St. Cloud was the site for the Granite City Ponder Hockey Championships, which WJON says attracted 20 teams, one of which came all the way from Dallas.

Polar Plunges across the state

Thousands of people will take the Polar Plunge on 20 different lakes over the next three months, the first three took place Saturday.

  • White Bear Lake
  • Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna
  • Green Lake in Spicer

Next Saturday, Feb. 6, plunges will be held in Maple Grove, St. Peter and Sauk Centre.

More than 9,100 people have already registered this year and raised more than $917,000. Proceeds benefits Special Olympics of Minnesota.

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