Father-daughter duo build colorful igloo in Eastside Hill

CLEAR WATER, Wis. (WEAU) – It’s the perfect recipe and 7-year-old Molly Rowekamp has all the ingredients.

“We had these tin things, and then we put water in them from the garden hose, then we put food coloring in them and we let it freeze,” she explains.

Measuring 6 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter, an igloo fit for any Eskimo, without leaving any specifics, “we put this lamp here to light up at night,” Molly adds.

Chad Rowekamp, ​​president of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association, says he conceived of the igloo idea as a way to match his kids’ screen time with time spent outdoors.

“There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes, so if you dress right you can enjoy it all,” laughs Rowekamp.

When Rowekamp asked Molly if she thought they should start building, “she saw it and jumped on board, so we went out and got 60 foil pans from the Dollar Tree and started the the following day.”

160 blocks of ice later, the father-daughter duo had created a work of art.

“You can look out all day and people are parked right here, looking at it in their cars or on foot,” says Rowekamp.

He even has the approval of Molly’s friends. “They think it’s cool and we go ice skating first, then we come here and drink hot chocolate,” Molly explains.

“At the end of the day, it’s more about building the place you want to live in, that’s the kind of stuff I want to see, I guess, I’d be happy if everyone had an igloo in their backyard, that would be pretty cool,” says Rowekamp.

He hopes that with some maintenance and freezing temperatures the igloo will last until February, but he already has plans to build an ice castle in the yard next winter.

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