The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 3, 1986 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal Monday, February 3,1986 Page 8 Frigid St. Paul constructs glistening palace of ice By The New York Times ST. PAUL, Minn. — Workers building a giant palace of ice are breathing frosty sighs of relief. Their civic project, one of the tallest ice palaces ever built, is nearly finished. "It is one of a kind and probably nothing like it will ever be built again," said Tom Keller, whose construction company supervised the all-volunteer crew. Thousands of people watched the building of the palace on an island in Lake Phalen, and 50,000 people are expected for an opening ceremony Thursday. Just two weeks ago things did not look good for the palace builders. The temperature climbed above freezing for 11 days, and the workers feared the palace would melt even before it was finished. Early this week the weather changed; it became too cold for full-time work, with high winds and temperatures of 18 degrees below zero. But Friday, with temperatures in the upper 20s and a light snow falling, the 18-foot-high walls of the palace Names to be added to Vietnam Memorial WASHINGTON (AP) —The names of 96 more combat veterans will be inscribed on the walls of the Vietnam Memorial by Memorial Day. Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said Sunday that it has raised an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 needed to begin the expensive etching of the names onto the black granite of the monument. The names of the 96 veterans had been omitted because they died while on combat missions outside the officially designated war zone. stood finished. Workers have placed 85 'percent of the required 7,500 ice blocks, each weighing about 700 pounds. Workers also have installed 1,100 colored light bulbs in the palace, which is 90 feet wide and 120 feet long. The only job left is finishing a tower that is expected to rise 11 stories. "It will be spectacular when it goes up," said Fred Chase, a 32-year-old engineer who is the project manager. Over the years ice palaces have been an occasional feature of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, a celebration that spans two and a half week? and is celebrated with dog-sled races, slow-pitch softball on ice and other frigid outdoor activities. This is the 100th anniversary of the Winter Carnival, and this carnival is the 14th to have an ice palace. Five of the 14 melted before completion. The custom almost vanished, partly because the ice harvesting industry died with the invention of the refrigerator. The last big ice palace to be built in St. Paul was in PHIL KRUG JIM WILSON JACK LUDWIG DEAN GROVES TN< II SURORS A, HI) 1941. "Anybody can build a bridge, a dam or a highway, but to build what could be the world's tallest ice palace — that is a challenge," said Keller, president of the Austin P. Keller Construction Co. of St. Paul. St. Paul's fascination with ice pair aces began in 1886 when city leaders read an article in a New York newspaper that suggested the city was "another Siberia; unfit for human habitation." City leaders set out to improve the city's wintertime image. Thus, the winter carnival was born, complete with a palace and a myth about a winter king who bestowed his blessing on the city. Officials of the winter carnival this year had planned to build a palace with a tower rising 150 feet. It now seems almost certain the- tallest tower will rise 120 feet, 26 feet short of the record set with the first palace. The warm weather caused construction delays and forced Ellerbe Architects of Bloomington, Minn., which designed the palace, to cut the size in half. Robert Meese, an architect, said he had read all he could find about the old ice palaces before trying to design this one. "It is like stacking blocks," he said he discovered. The ice for the palace is cut from Lake Phalen by workers using a 1930s-era ice saw powered by a Ford Model-T engine. The ice is about 2 feet thick and is cut into blocks 2 feet wide and 3% feet long. Russ Chaput, a 70-year-old St. Paul resident who cut ice for a living-in the 1930s, has been on Lake Phalen every day helping to pry the blocks apart. "Do you want to know the secret of working with ice?" Chaput asked. ' 'You have to keep it moving.'' Once the ice is cut it is placed on a conveyor belt and hauled away. Workers on the island slide the blocks along a chute to the palace. • Two cranes grab the blocks with big ice tongs and lift them into place. Workers standing on the palace walls fill the cracks with slush, which quickly freezes to a solid wall. In a break with custom, spectators Volunteer worker strings colored lights inside palace tower. will not be permitted in the palace The palace is to remain standing because insurers were reluctant to until at least Feb. 12. Then it will be provide coverage. torn down for reasons of safety. At the F.A.C.T.S. Financial Seminars you get the facts to steer by W hich route should you take on the financial highway. Will it be the fast lane of highest interest rates and the attendant risks? Or will you proceed at a more conservative pace? There are plenty of good banking alternatives to consider for your investments this year. But what about next year or five, even ten years from now? Will you be ready for the detours along the way? What about retirement or financing a college education? You can begin answering these questions at the 1986 FACTS (Financial Advisory Council To Salina) seminars. Each year we get out from behind our desks to share our knowledge with you at the FACTS seminars. You're familiar with our format. We . present the same session twice in the same week — once on Monday mornings 9:30-11:30 and once on Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30. All sessions will be in the community room of the Handibank South (at the Mid-State mall). There is no charge. February 10, 11 Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Find out where the economy is going and what the investment trends are. Speakers are Gerald Shadwick, Ted Haggart and Bill Brelsford. February 17, 18 Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Investing your money doesn't necessarily mean putting all your eggs in one basket. You'll learn all about the many ways and places to invest. Find out the specifics on government securities, zero-coupon bonds and tax free investments. Speakers are Ted Haggart and Deanna Morgan. February 24, 25 Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Find out more specifics on investments. With CD rates below the double digits there are still plenty of good banking alternatives. Unit trusts, self-directed IRAs and mutual funds. Speaker is Bill Brelsford. March 3, 4 Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m. With the cost of a college education what it is today, you'll want to know all your financing options. Speaker is Margaret Frank, director of student financial aid at Marymount College. More for your money. Information is the best financial service we offer. FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OF SALINA Mi»n>K inn Handibank MVESTORS.IMC. 1L3 217S.Santa Fa 825-0286 i a A Service Company

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