Jim Krueger, buildings and grounds supervisor at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, has been participating in the competition for the past seven years. The group has come close to the winning spot in the past with a second place finish and several Peoples Choice Awards, but this is the first time they have taken home top honors. Their snow sculpture also won the 2014 Peoples Choice Award and the Artist Choice Award. Participants in the two-and-a-half day competition must carve an 8x8x8 block of solid snow by hand without the use of power tools. As this year's winners, Krueger and his teammates will represent Minnesota in the National Competition next year in Lake Geneva.
"This year's inspiration for the bee was to bring bee awareness of the declining bee populations. They are so important to our natural resources. We then tied it into a winter carnival theme with the honeycomb shaped in the design of a snow flake. The title was "It's Bee-ginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." – Jim Krueger