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Published January 27, 2009, 10:00 AM

Ice masters take first

The local ice carving team of Greg Schmotzer and Chris Swarbrick successfully defended their championship status in the multi-block ice carving competition at the 2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle

The local ice carving team of Greg Schmotzer and Chris Swarbrick successfully defended their championship status in the multi-block ice carving competition at the 2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Schmotzer, chef at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, and Swarbrick, owner of Ice Occasions in Ellsworth, took home the $3,000 first prize for their carving of "Fountain of Unicorns." It depicted three rearing unicorns with a sphere on their backs.

Swarbrick also placed in the single-block competition, held Sunday. He won third place and $250 for "Three Dolphins."

In multi-block, second place and the People's Choice award went to "Vacation Island," which depicted tikis, palm trees and a man in a hammock. The third-place winner was "The Last Supper."

All of the ice carvings are on display in St. Paul's Rice Park, across from Landmark Center.

In the snow sculpture competition, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the local team of Tim Trost, rural Goodhue, and Jared Trost and Jim Krueger of East Bethel, Minn., did not place among the top three entries with their giant morel mushrooms.

The winner was "Hormel McSwine and Friends," with a pig driving a tractor, followed by elaborate trees and a Chinese dragon.

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