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.
Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.
Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota's Eight Congressional District wants the U.S. Forest Service to renew mineral rights leases that could allow mining near the Boundrary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.