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Farmer builds 50-foot snowman in Minnesota

Greg Novak decided to make the most of the snow blanketing his farm in central Minnesota.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   March 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

GILMAN, Minn., March 3 (UPI) -- Still fighting off the winter blues?

Meet "Granddaddy," the 50-foot snowman on Greg Novak's farm near Gilman, Minn., where locals are living under 4.5 feet of snow.



Novak, who built a 29-foot snowman back in 1991, started working on Granddaddy in January.

He worked through ice-cold temperatures and the occasional snowstorm for five weeks in the hope that his whimsical creation would make people smile.

“It’s a smile idea. Building a snowman isn’t original,” he said. “Building one this big is a little different.”

Novak made Granddaddy by blowing snow into large compartments with a silo blower, then stacking them on top of each other. He used a garbage pail for the nose and lids for the buttons.

“It’s been a long, hard winter. We might as well have fun with it. If you can’t beat it, embrace it,” he said.

[CBS Minnesota, KARE]

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