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Dean Woodbeck (Dwoodbeck) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:17 am:

The Delta Sigma Phi statue nears completion eight years ago, in this shot from Jonathan Hopper. Statue-builders received a gift from Mother Nature this weekend, with about six inches of snow falling in the Houghton area. I had to try to remember exactly how to use the snowblower.

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:18 am:

First PostGood Morning

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:20 am:

Good Morning!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:20 am:


By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:21 am:

Good morning everyone :) Been up all night working on paperwork, and now I am headed to bed. Temps here on the southern shores of Lake Michigan are a balmy 8 degrees :)

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:25 am:

Good night Sur5er. Good morning everyone else!

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:30 am:

Good morning to all. We have a balmy -1 degree this morning.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:37 am:

Yessireee! That's gonna be some ice castle! Do we have a picture of when it was finished?

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:27 am:

Oh, my, is it morning already???

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:51 am:

Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret):
"Do we have a picture of when it was finished?"

In case the Pasty Cam archives don't show it, at least here are some dating back to 2000.

First, here's the 2007 (current) MTU Winter Carnival web site.
(the pictures at the ::Statues link still show last year's statues)

Click on Photo History in the left margin for some real oldies.

There are also the following Winter Carnival sites from previous years:
You'll have to try various links on each to find the photos of that year's statues - some links have deteriorated over time, others still work.
Click ® Winter Carnival 2006
Click ® Winter Carnival 2005
Click ® Winter Carnival 2004
Click ® Winter Carnival 2003
Click ® Winter Carnival 2002
Click ® Winter Carnival 2001
Click ® Winter Carnival 2000
(I couldn't find any earlier than 2000.)

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 11:47 am:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:02 pm:

Thank goodness there's none from before 2000; I'm probably pictured on those doing stupid stuff!! ;-)

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:05 pm:

Margaret, what part of the peninsula did you live?
West side? East side? North? You are not far from Amarillo are you? On a man-made lake?

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:51 pm:

Capt. Paul, doing stupid stuff? Now, that's not very gneiss for a man of your caliber. Ya better start acting down-to-earth.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:59 pm:

We can always count on FRNash!

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 01:13 pm:

There's also a link on the Carnival home page (see FRNash's link) to a slide show of the current statue construction. Amazing what they are doing with so little snow, but I hear they have been trucking in snow from all over the Copper Country.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 01:45 pm:

Speaking of Carnivals:

The carnival was in town at Nottingham, so Robin Hood told the boys they could go in and have some fun.

There were lots of games and at one booth, you could win a prize by hitting a ten cent silver coin with a lance thrown from twenty paces.

As Friar Tuck was passing the booth, the guy running the game called out to him: "Hey,Brother, can you spear a dime?"

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:11 pm:

Tom, lived on the northwest side. My brother is from the dead middle. I live in Amarillo on the west side--last exit in Amarillo before heading due west to New Mexico.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:35 pm:

On a different note: today is a very sad day for a lot of Americans who had taken interested in Barbaro, the amazing horse who won the Kentucky Derby, but broke down at the Preakness. That horse had an amazing spirit: he wanted to win, and he wanted to live. Sadly, he had to be put down this morning, after a big setback & more surgery this weekend.

I am not normally very interested in horse racing. I am interested in horses to the extent that my somewhat disabled middle son rides in our local 4-H Horseback Riding program for disabled kids. Barbaro did manage to catch my interest on many levels.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:45 pm:

Marianne, I'm not interested in horse racing other than the fact that the poor things run themselves to death. It's so sad that a lot of the retired horses never get to make it out to greener pastures to spend their last days as they should. It's so sad about poor Barbaro, I saw the clip of his breakdown. He's crossing the "Rainbow Bridge", he'll be just fine now.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:47 pm:

Oh, that is very sad. I don't understand why he has to be put down. Can't they sedate him until the pain ceases and at least let him live out his days in a pleasant field and maybe sire some more champions? I admittedly don't know much about horses. But is seems to be a great loss to have to put such a beautiful, large creature down. :-(

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 02:51 pm:

Capt Paul, you can just laugh at the current students making your mistakes. The thing is engineering students get great ideas that are really dangerous so wondering what they were thinking will probably make you wonder how you survived college. Good thing there is finally some snow for sculptures.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 03:20 pm:

2 words.... "all-nighter"!! ;-)

I must admit though, the last couple of years I was there finishing up grad degrees, it was more fun to walk around and watch the "youngsters" during the all-nighter than partake in their activities (although I came close to winning the Hardee's slammer contest in 04, lol).

Sure wish I could make it up there for Carnival, unfortunitely that little thing called work gets in the way every year. At least the Dr. and I will be there at a good time of year; we're planning a trip to the Copper Country in July....

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 05:19 pm:

Capt. Paul, the last time I had an "all-nighter" was when I couldn't find my way home!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 05:40 pm:

Having spent 95% of my life with horses with me, the problem with horse racing is that they take a young horse, a yearling, with extensive training, by the time they are 2 yr.olds they are racing in full steam. Horse's knees are not completely grown together before they reach their 4th birthday, therefore, the hard pounding on these horse's undeveloped knees lead into major leg problems. Ever noticed race horses are "used" up before they are 5 yr. olds? Other than breeding purposes.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:05 pm:

I'm not interested in horse racing either, unless one of them is going for the triple crown. I am so saddened by the loss of Barbaro too. I've been following his recovery and feel terrible that they had to put him down. Hardly seems a fitting end for such a champion. So sad!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:34 pm:

Janie, your mention of the horses sounds like what a number of people are doing with their kids in sports these days, wearing out joints, etc, before they are fully formed. I know of a number of kids that happened to, sadly.

It is still very sad to see the loss of Barbaro. And, it will be difficult to explain it to my son who is in the 4-H horseback riding program for special needs kids.

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