It’s been a few years, but in 2018, just in time for the influx of Super Bowl visitors, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is bringing back a revered component to the annual winter festivities: The Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

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This is not a “whip a few blocks of ice around and we’ll have a palace” operation.

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It will take 4,000 of these blocks of ice to build the palace.

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On completion, the palace will stand 70 feet tall.

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It will be as majestic as the beautiful and historic buildings around it, lining Rice Park: the Landmark Center, the St. Paul Hotel, the Ordway, and the St. Paul Central Library.

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The palace is scheduled to be open for visitors on Jan. 25.

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It’s scheduled to remain through the Carnival, ending Feb. 10.

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This massive project comes at a cost, and the Carnival is looking for supporters.

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Donations are welcome, and there are several levels to choose from, some of which include some rather fun rewards.

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You can find the list of perks here.

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Only a few more days until the palace is complete, and breathtaking:

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What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Tuesday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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