Once again, one of the most popular displays at the St. Paul Winter Carnival is not around this year. But if you want to see ice castles of years past, you’re in luck. Replicas of all the ice castles from past years are on display, built to scale. The builder makes sure they all look exactly the same as when their larger counterparts were built.
Federal officials say a cluster of replica buildings where an annual Minnesota history festival is held sits in a flood zone and must go. The buildings are owned by 75-year-old philanthropist Jack McGowan. Mankato’s annual History Fest is held in the pretend village at the confluence of the Le Sueur and Blue Earth rivers.