Winter has been all over the place this year, but one aspect holds steady: the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which runs through this weekend.

One of the many fun things to do is visit Rice Park and see the entries in the Ice Sculpture competition. It is always astonishing what these talented ice workers can create, and the range of feelings they can inspire.

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1 (credit: SmugMug)

The first place winner in the artisan category (1) is a touching tribute to those who have served our country.

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2 (credit: SmugMug)

While the first place winner was sobering, the second place artisan carving (2) is much more jovial: a cat faced with the temptation of a fish bowl.

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3 (credit: SmugMug)

First place in the professional category (3) is a child on a swing, getting some help from mom. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

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Second place in the professional category (4) goes to this dramatic rendition of sea life.

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5 (credit: SmugMug)

First place in the multi-block category (5) is this stately scene.

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6 (credit: SmugMug)

And of course, someone had to bring “Star Wars” in, and won second place in the multi-block category (6).

The sculptures will be on display through the weekend (barring severe melting).

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to watch WCCO 4 News at 10 on Sunday nights, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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