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Howard Lake resident loves to build snow castles
Feb. 8, 2019

Deb Cox-Johnson

HOWARD LAKE – Howard Lake residents may have noticed an elaborate new structure recently along 7th St.

Jonas Phillip built the snow castle in the yard of his family’s home at 1208 7th St. It measures nearly 25 feet long and about 12 feet high. He hopes it will put a smile on the faces of neighbors and area residents.

A lifelong passion

Phillip grew up in St. Leo and Worthington, and he inherited a passion for building snow castles from his father.

From the time he was very young, he remembers watching his father building snow castles and snow dragons.

As Phillip grew older, he got to help alongside his dad and learned the art.

According to Phillip, building a good snow castle has a certain set of requirements. He needs lots of snow and a “perfect day”– about 30 degrees “so the snow is soft.” Most importantly, those factors need to come together when he has a day off.

New to the area

Phillip and his fiancé, Stevie Reebie, along with 18-month-old baby Jewel, moved to Howard Lake about a year and a half ago.

They originally met while working for the same company in Plymouth, but decided they would like to move out of the city to bring up Jewel.

Stevie grew up in Annandale, and they agreed that they liked small town life. After doing their research, they settled in Howard Lake and, according to Reebie, they “love the community” and feel “it was a great choice.” Their favorite place to eat is Maria’s Mexican Restaurant.

Phillip has other art interests, including painting, sculpture, charcoal drawing, and carving. But there is something special about building snow castles, and he and Reebie “love seeing kids get excited,” and “cars slowing down with passengers pointing out the window.”

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