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Published February 17, 2014, 10:30 PM

Barnesville neighborhood comes together to build colorful igloo

Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) - There was no sitting inside playing Xbox or taking long naps in Barnesville today. Over the weekend, creative parents and eager children turned a backyard into an Arctic Circle Dream – a home-made ice-block igloo.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) - There was no sitting inside playing Xbox or taking long naps in Barnesville today. Over the weekend, creative parents and eager children turned a backyard into an Arctic Circle Dream – a home-made ice-block igloo.

Now this winter fort is one for the childhood memory book. In a cozy, friendly neighborhood in Barnesville, the children scooted in and out of the freshly built igloo. Colored ice blocks, hand constructed from scratch by parents and kids.

Kristy Loeks – Barnesville Parent: “I just did the math this morning. There were close to 60 adults and kids. Even the little, little kids like the 4 and 5 year-olds, they were all helping with the sleds and pulling the cartons off.”

Using milk cartons from Cass Clay creamery, the parents filled them and added coloring.

Kristy Loeks: “Well, regular food coloring doesn’t work. You have to use gel food coloring, because regular food coloring has alcohol in it and it won’t freeze.”

The Cox brothers and Cole Loeks even spent the whole night in the igloo.

And of course the kids in Barnesville have something the early Eskimos didn’t have – some comforts of home – like the internet.

The tricky part was creating the dome, and so parents turned to You Tube for a little tutorial.

Jesse Grabow – Parent; “Something that I know I’ll remember for the rest of my life, and I think it’s just a great experience for the kids. All the neighbors, friends and families that came together and did this.”

At night the igloo takes on a special glow. Today, even in our welcomed sun, the igloo survived - the greatest playhouse in Barnesville, an existence hinging on the forecast.

While some predicted it would take an entire weekend to build, the Barnesville crew got it done within 8 hours.

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