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Flaming snowman runs off winter . . . it is hoped

Posted: March 22nd, 2014

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CEREMONIAL HAND-OFF – Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain introduces incoming LSSU president Tom Pleger, left, who had the privilege of lighting this year's snowman to welcome spring. A 12-foot snowman effigy, dubbed this year "Mr. Polar Vortex," went up in smoke during Lake State's annual snowman burning held on March 21. The snowman was to be torched the day before, when spring officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, but Mother Nature had other plans. University officials deemed it prudent to delay the burn due to high winds. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoying spring daffodils handed out of big buckets and munching on freshly grilled hotdogs. (Photo by John Shibley)

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WINTER BEGONE – A 12-foot snowman effigy, dubbed this year "Mr. Polar Vortex," goes up in smoke during Lake Superior State University's annual snowman-burning to welcome spring. The ceremony, held March 21 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been going on since 1971. The snowman was to be torched the day before, when spring officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, but Mother Nature had other plans. University officials deemed it prudent to delay the burn due to high winds. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoying spring daffodils handed out of big buckets and munching on freshly grilled hotdogs. (Photo by John Shibley)

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SPRING DAFFODILS – Seamore, Lake Superior State University's official mascot, and alumna Esther Proulx along with her kids Elise (age 6) and Jacob (2), take in the sights during LSSU's annual snowman-burning to welcome spring. The ceremony, held March 21 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been going on since 1971. A few hundred students, faculty, and staff attended the event, enjoying yellow daffodils handed out of big buckets and munching on freshly grilled hotdogs. (Photo by John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.


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