Last night on the news, I was pretty surprised to see an Owatonna hand-built creation. Ashley Thorson and her family created a really unique igloo using colored blocks of ice and snow creating a jeweled igloo! How sweet does this thing look?

Ashley told WCCO-TV that the igloo "took more than 12 hours over four days to construct" and the blocks of ice were held in place by packing snow around the blocks, like mortar and bricks.

Ashley and her husband Ryan also told the good neighbor that the structure is made from "more than 250 blocks of ice" which holds up the igloo and its domed roof. The size of the structure is just about 6 feet high, so there is plenty of room for adults inside too.

This isn't the first igloo designed like this in Minnesota, last year in February a Lakeville mother constructed a similar styled, stained-glass-looking igloo, that captured the media's attention.

Do you have an interesting or quirky winter structure or activity you do or build with your kids? We would love to share it! Send us your pictures or videos of epic sledding hills, snowmen, igloos, or anything winter that puts a smile on your or your kids' faces.

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H/T to WCCO-TV for the idea of the story, and for highlighting greater Minnesota.

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