Greg Novak, who farms near Gilman in central Minnesota, says: "When I start a job, I like to finish it."
When snow started mounting on his Benton County farm, collapsing a green house he uses to grow vegetables, he had to move piles of snow to avoid other greenhouse cave-ins. Using skid loaders and a silage blower, he built a 50-foot snowman named Granddaddy, according to the St. Cloud Times.
A 61-foot auger became an arm. A 55-gallon barrel turned into a nose. Novak had made a smaller, 29-footer in 1991 and nearly doubled his effort this go-around.
From Wabasha to Warroad, from Sleepy Eye to Silver Bay, Dateline Minnesota scours the state to bring you breaking news from outside the Twin Cities.
Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham last month said federal data showed Minnesota the worst place to live, setting off an Internet-melting reply from Minnesotans. After a visit, Ingraham says he might have been wrong.
Anthony Sather, who has been imprisoned since the beginning of the year, received the maximum sentence for animal cruelty. He shot video of himself smiling as he beat and eventually killed his girlfriend's dog.