Bismarck couple get engaged in an igloo

MANDAN, ND (KFYR) — Restaurants on the river are popular in the summer, but business often slows during the winter months. A Mandan company has come up with a creative solution to curb the winter slump.

The frosted igloos next to the Missouri River are there as a subtle reminder that the riverside restaurants are still there in the winter.

“A lot of people think of us as a summer destination and then forget about us during the winter months, which is most of the year here in North Dakota,” said Michelle Kaufman, co-owner Paddle Trap.

Michelle Kaufman and her associates have come up with a cozy solution they’ve been hoping for all last winter: igloos.

“If it’s cold outside, I mean it was minus 30 and everyone was really comfortable with the heaters on,” Michelle said.

The igloos have been a hit from day one and there is at least one couple who have had the experience of a lifetime in one.

“We were both shaking, it was exciting but yeah, it was really annoying,” said Christian Clausnitzer of Bismarck.

Christian proposed to Raylee in a Paddle Trap igloo in late December.

“You know, I don’t really remember after he asked me. I honestly don’t know, even looking at the pictures I was passed out I feel like,” Raylee said.

Raylee may not remember it, but everyone who was there remembers it.

“All the kitchen staff were behind – they came out and they all seemed to be watching, and it was pretty cool.”

Michelle says clients like Christian and Raylee have made this winter very special at Paddle Trap.

“What shocked me was all the comments we got, all the comments we got, and there have been thousands of them so far, I absolutely loved it,” Michelle said. .

The Paddle Trap has extended its terrace, which means that next year they will have even more igloos for rent.

One service the Paddle Trap has put in place is communication with staff via text message, so your server doesn’t come in and out unnecessarily. If you are looking to rent an igloo, visit

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