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1 John Cooper uses a chainsaw to begin carving a totem pole from ice Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, Minn. Cooper, who learned to carve ice designs in culinary school, is working with three friends to create a multi-block sculpture comprised of five different ice totem poles. Their sculptures, and others, are on display at the park as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. 
2 Snowflake ice sculptures line an ice wall along one side of Rice Park Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in downtown St. Paul. Most ice carvers paused their work during the first afternoon of competition because sunshine was melting the ice. 
3 Bright afternoon sunshine illuminates an ice wall Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Rice Park that was built as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. 
4 Tom Schiller, who has carved ice sculptures at the Winter Carnival for the past 12 years, works on a Dr. Seuss-inspired sculpture that will look like a snow-making machine when it is finished Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Rice Park in St. Paul, Minn. 
5 Five-year-old Dakota McKee, right, enjoys cheese curds while watching the ice carving competition Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Rice Park in St. Paul, Minn. He was there with his Aunt Alyssa Wilson and his brother Cumpasu Charging Thunder, 4, center, and sister Aamiyah Charging Thunder, 2. 
6 John Njoes shaves and smoothes ice block edges as he prepares to carve a totem pole Friday, Jan. 24, 2012 during the multi-block ice carving competition that is part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. 
7 A polar bear ice sculpture that will eventually look as though it is bowling over penguin-shaped pins is partially complete Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2012 during the Winter Carnival team ice carving competition in Rice Park, St. Paul, Minn. 
8 Jerry Sarff, of team "Those Guys," carves a polar bear during the Winter Carnival multi-block ice carving competition Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Rice Park in St. Paul, Minn. The finished piece will show the polar bear bowling with penguin pins.