The Mill: Saint Paul Winter Carnival will have its palace after all

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will not be without its palace this year, thanks to the efforts of private donors. After initial plans for record-breaking million dollar ice structure fell through due to lack of funding, sponsors stepped forward to ensure that visitors of the free festival experience have their frozen castle. The Saint Paul … [ Read more]

America’s Ice Box: How the frozen lakes and rivers of the North transformed the nation’s brewing industry

Today, “ice harvest” means grabbing a few cubes from the tray in the freezer. But in the 19th century, before modern refrigeration, ice harvesting from frozen lakes and rivers was a major Midwestern industry that required hard labor and careful planning—all to preserve food and lager beer across the country. When immigrants reached the Upper … [ Read more]

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