Giant Snow Bear Warming Hearts in Hermantown

Updated: February 06, 2020 06:43 PM

After a fairly long break, the Johnson family in Hermantown has revived their snow sculpture skills. "We haven't done one in nine years," shared Cynde Johnson.


This year's creation is a giant 16-foot tall teddy bear named Theodore. He's holding a pink heart.

"The bear was my idea, and the heart was Cynde's," Keith Johnson explained. He was on a break from his work as a handyman at Arrowhead Auto Body.

They started working on him on Christmas Eve. A snowblower, shovels, and even an axe are their tools of the trade. With help from their neighbors, he was just finished up this week.  "We figured it would be done in time for Valentine's Day," Cynde said.

It's a tradition that started when their two kids were little. They'd take turns picking out which creation would be formed in their front yard. They've done castles, dinosaurs, a laker, and even the Pillsbury Dough Boy! 

And they kept the final design a secret. "Just our family would know. Nobody else. It's always a surprise," Cynde said. 

Their goal? "We just want to make people smile," Keith added.

You can see Theodore lit up at night too. He lives on the corner of Woodridge Drive and Stebner Road.

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