With the 2018 Polar Fest celebration now in the record books, a volunteer crew led by Lloyd Feldt demolished King Isbit’s Ice Palace on Friday, Feb. 23.

To the tune of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” humorously blasted from the sound system at nearby Hub 41, Feldt piloted the crane that wielded the large steel ball which would demolish the solid ice walls of the structure. A crowd almost as large as those that had flocked to the palace and its surrounding “Palatial Playground” of ice and snow sculptures was on hand to watch its destruction.

It took roughly an hour to take down the ice palace, which stood 32 feet high at the top of its central tower, and occupied a 24x60 foot space on the Detroit Lakes City Beach during the past three weeks.

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Though there will be no ice palace next year, keep an eye on future issues of the Tribune, where details of future plans for King Isbit’s return - and a possible 2019 ice harvest, albeit on a slightly smaller scale - will be published as soon as they are finalized.