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Greg Schmotzer sits at his kitchen table with a first-place award from this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival multi-block ice carving competition. In the foreground are sketches for an upcoming ice sculpture he'll be doing with three other men, including Chris Swarbrick, in an international competition. Submitted photo

Icing the competition Winter Carnival Carvers head for Alaska

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Imagine a sculpture of two totem poles behind three horses rearing up on their hind legs, with an American Indian woman floating up out of the center, holding a dream catcher.

Now, imagine it 24 feet tall and made out of 40,000 pounds of solid ice.

Brain freeze setting in yet?

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