Today, ice harvesting is considered a novelty; a frozen piece of Becker County history that has been revived to create palaces, thrones, and other sculptures made of ice to decorate the winter home of King Isbit during Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration. But once upon a time, this frozen crop was one of the county's biggest exports. Thousands of blocks of ice, each weighing 300-400 pounds, were pulled from the frigid water and pushed over a tramway into railcars, then shipped westward via the Northern Pacific Railroad. 

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