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Welcome, Spring!

Surely by now you've heard of Burning Man. But what about the much older (and more respected) burning snowman? It's a 41 year old tradition performed at Michigan's Lake Superior State University to celebrate the coming spring.

It all begins with a snowman and a torch:

And ends in a glorious burning effigy:

Most importantly, says John Rabe: "My father started this c1970, when he was Public Information Officer for LSSU." Happy Spring, everyone!

(Photos by John Shibley/LSSU)