How to make the most of Minnesota winter

All you need are plastic bins and frigid temps

A highlight of Minnesota winter: the ice bar. This past weekend we finished ours. The weather was perfect, a balmy 22 degrees with sunshine for the early crowd.

We filled plastic bins -- about 20 at a time -- and made the blocks in batches. We started in early January. Since it rarely got above freezing, we could make the blocks ahead of time and stack them in the yard. The hardest part was shoveling out the yard to make room for people to stand.

We cut into the huge snow banks for seating. Even made a sectional.

New to this year's structure: LED lights

Fire pit (and hot toddy) made the cold tolerable.

The makers: Ann and Chris

The partygoers

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