The beautiful Luminary Loppet drew thousands to Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis Saturday night. Volunteers created 1,200 ice luminaries that lit a beautiful path. Organizers of the City of Lakes Loppet announced earlier this week that it would be a walking-only event because there wasn’t enough snow on the lake.
As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. “I did come a little closer to not being here than I’d probably ever want to,” Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.
At least 50 volunteers spent Saturday outside, adding ice to an already frozen lake. They were “hatching” ice luminaries on Lake of the Isles, which will be safely stored until the City of Lakes Luminary Loppet on Feb. 1. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist Joe Mears shows us the cold, wet process.
The extreme temperatures and brutal wind chills forced many schools to start late on Friday and some were even closed. But for a lot of us it’s business as usual.
The yearly City of Lakes Loppet in Minneapolis is still on. But it’s being moved from it’s usual Uptown finish to Theodore Wirth Park, where they can make snow.
This year’s wimpy winter is now having an impact on a big Minneapolis event — the City of Lakes Loppet, which will take place next weekend.