The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 3, 2014

Farmer in central Minnesota created towering tribute to winter's excess

Greg Novak created a towering tribute to winter's excess

GILMAN (AP) — A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

Greg Novak says he's invested hundreds of hours to build a snowman named "Granddaddy" that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. And he admits it has some neighbors questioning his sanity.

Granddaddy began to take shape earlier this winter when the Gilman farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses. And, as long as he had to move the snow, Novak thought he might as well do something practical with it.

The St. Cloud Times says friends and family pitched in to help with Granddaddy, or to do farm chores while Novak worked on building the 50-foot snowman. Novak used skid loaders to pile snow and a silage blower to direct snow into stacked cylinders.

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