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      Ice sculpting draws crowd

      Downtown Houghton was bustling with foot traffic on Saturday.

      Most were stopping by to see a chainsaw carver making ice sculptures. It's the first time something like this was hosted by the city during Winter Carnival to highlight downtown.

      Rich Pethtel with Presents Chainsaw Carvings spent the day carving blocks of ice. The idea is to get people back downtown to stop by all the stores.

      "The days before, downtowns were really important to communities. We're bringing that back, and the more that we can do down here to bring your family to, the better. This is our goal," said Susie Landers. "Started with the first piece of ice and it pretty much fell apart. So, I just kind of go with whatever ice is left over, and I don't know what that's going to be yet," said Rich Pethtel with Presents Chainsaw Carvings.

      The city hopes to make it a yearly event and plans to continue creating inviting events for the community.