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1. Treasure Island chef and ice carver Greg Schmotzer begins the sculpting process by cutting a 300-pound, 20-by-40-by-10-inch block of ice down to size. “The ice is delicate,” he said, “and doesn't hold weight well.”

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Treasure Island Resort & Casino hosts a plethora of celebrations from weddings to corporate events — and many of the guests want an ice sculpture. The man behind the frozen works of art is Greg Schmotzer.


Originally from Red Wing, the Hastings-based chef started sculpting ice off a bet from an executive chef 17 years ago.

“He bet me I couldn’t carve ice after seeing me do some fruit and vegetable carvings,” Schmotzer explained.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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