Pocket Size History Lesson #1: Minnesota Ice Harvesting


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It’s easy to forget the convenience of ice when we merely walk to our freezers and throw a couple chunks of the frozen stuff into our drinks.

But just over a hundred years ago, providing ice to people was big business!

And where was a great location to retrieve this needed ice?  Why, Minnesota, of course!

Frigid temperatures, long winters,and dangerous conditions made for work that took a lot of physical and mental strength.  This job also needed math, environmental science, and a ton of physics skills!

To learn more about the history of ice harvesting in Minnesota, read about it on the Big River website :

Minnesota Ice Harvesting: Big River Website

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