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Making the most of the snow

New Richmond eighth-grader Morgan Meskill poses with her giant wolf snow sculpture that she created in her front yard on Charleston Drive in New Richmond back in December. (Submitted photo)

Anyone who has driven down Charleston Drive in the last month has most likely seen the giant wolf snow sculpture in the front yard of one of the houses. But very few people know that the per­son behind the piece of snow art is none other than New Richmond eighth-grader Morgan Meskill.

“It took me at least three hours to build the big wolf,” Meskill said. “I built a smaller wolf as well, but that one only took me about one-and-a-half hours to put together. Whenever I have free time and the condition is right I try to get outside and make more.”

This is the second year that Meskill has put her creative skills to the test by building a snow sculpture in her front yard. The giant wolf sculpture was completed on Dec. 28, Meskill said, when the snow was nice and “packy” to make building the sculpture a little easier.

“I usually try to put togeth­er a new sculpture every time the snow is nice and packy,” Meskill said. “The giant wolf was the first sculpture I built this winter. I have made snowmen and wolves, but have also made snow furni­ture for our snow castles. Otherwise, snow sculpting is new to me.”

When Meskill constructs her masterpieces, she uses nothing more than her hands and a sturdy shovel. The amount of snow she needs to complete each sculpture varies on the size and difficul­ty of the project, but it’s hard to keep track when she is doing something she enjoys.

“I am not really sure how much snow it takes, but I know I don’t get very far when it becomes a challenge to push the big snow balls,” Meskill said. “I had help rolling the biggest snow balls from my cousin Damian Kilty and my brother Izaac. The funny thing about this sculp­ture is that, after rolling the biggest snowball, I found an iPod touch inside of it. I had to laugh because it turned out to be my cousin’s. But I did the rest of the sculpture by myself.”

The reason Meskill created a wolf snow sculpture this year is a simple one, but also speaks to her creative ambi­tions and her desire to build something a little out of the ordinary as well as her love of the fluffy white stuff.

“I really like wolves and I am very artistic so I decided to make something other than a snowman,” Meskill said. “This current sculpture I made is more advanced so I can learn to make even harder sculptures. And I love playing in the snow, so it is just fun. So, unlike most people, I look forward to the big snow storms because that gives me more snow to work with, but my parents don’t because they have to shovel the driveway.”

Aside from being an ama­teur snow sculptor, Meskill enjoys being active in sports and being around her family and friends.

“My family hangs out a lot in our awesome basement and sits outside by our fire pit,” Meskill said. “We enjoy swimming, bowling, going up north camping, and just hang­ing with each other. For fun in school, I am part of the marching band, drama club, art club and basketball team. At home I enjoy playing my flute, piano, and just hanging out with my friends.”

With more snow accumu­lating over the last few weeks, Meskill will have many more opportunities to build a vari­ety of new snow sculptures before winter comes to an end. But only she knows what creature or structure she might erect next.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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