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Building large igloos becomes annual tradition for Sun Prairie family


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW)-- As we've seen this year, Winters in Wisconsin can get pretty brutal, but instead of dreading it, a Sun Prairie family has decided to embrace it.

The family builds ice-sculpted igloos in their backyard. Like the ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids, these structures are also built brick by brick. The family uses a plastic storage bin to mold the icy bricks using the perfect balance of ice and snow.

In order to get enough water to make all of the bricks, Bruce Fischer and his three sons have to run down to the basement faucet dozens of times with a five gallon pail.

"It's a family affair," Fischer says. "The whole family gets involved in the building. From making the bricks to assembling them in the right pattern."

The annual tradition started nine years ago when Bruce's 16-year-old son Adam was just seven years old.

"We were building a snow fort and I noticed the snow packed really well and that we could actually build the snow fort in somewhat of a dome," Fischer says.

The family keeps pictures from every igloo they've ever made. Every year Bruce's sons get a little bigger and so do the igloos.

"We try to get bigger and better each year," Bruce's son Adam says.

This year the boys outdid themselves, making their largest igloo yet.

"We get a lot of questions at church. People ask, have you built your igloo yet? How's the igloo coming along?" Fischer says.

This year they decided to add a new feature to their igloo. They decided to use add stained glass windows using milk cartons to mold the ice and food coloring to make them light up.

"The light that comes through the igloo really glows," Fischer's son Luke says.

The inside of the igloo is well over six feet tall and it's wide enough to comfortably sleep four to five people.

"Every year for at least one night we sleep in here," Adam says.

The family uses specially designed sleeping bags that can keep you warm even when it's twenty-below zero. The family plans to sleep in the igloo some time this weekend if the weather stays warm enough.

"We believe that if you're going to live in Wisconsin you need to celebrate the winter," Fischer says. "We're celebrating the winter with our igloo."

The family had a little extra help building the igloo this year. For the last few weeks they have hosted a foreign exchange student from Denmark. He says the winters in Wisconsin are relatively close to the ones he has seen back home. The family wanted to make sure the igloo was big enough so they could squeeze him in when they decide to spend the night inside later this week.

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