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Letter: Ice palace co-chairs thank the community

Thank you! As co-chairs of the Ice Harvest and Ice Palace, we want to give a big thank you to the Detroit Lakes community and to everyone in the surrounding communities who helped us build an ice palace this winter!

We all can be so proud to know that each time we needed assistance, someone in this great region stepped up and offered the solution.

It was an amazing endeavor that involved countless hours and over 500 volunteers. It's impossible for us to thank everyone—the steering committee, marketing folks, builders, ice sculptors, student snow sculptors, Palace Protectors—so many people, so much time and energy. THANK YOU!

We also want to thank all the incredible sponsors and in-kind contributors (way too many to list, but you're all so valued!), the City of DL crew, the Polar Fest Committee, Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Bureau, Becker County Museum, DLCCC, St. Paul Winter Carnival and so many, many others! The palace was truly built "by the community, for the community."

When we started this crazy project in February 2017, we had no idea that one year later we would be as overwhelmed and thankful as we are by the generosity, creativity and resourcefulness of our community.

Of course, we shouldn't have been surprised—there are examples galore of this community stepping up and making things happen. What a great region we live in! Thank you to each person who volunteered, shared their ice harvest story, donated to the project and helped us all together make something magical during Polar Fest 2018.

Yes, there will be a palace again someday, but not next year. King Isbit, our "King of all Seasons for All Reasons," has said to rest and then start planning for a new palace for him the next time we have a big celebration. If you're interested in being part of a future palace project, please share your name with Carrie at the Chamber of Commerce.

Again, as King Isbit might say "TUSEN TAK, DL! A thousand thanks for the magic!"—Scott Walz and Amy Stearns