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No snow? No problem. Snowman appears thanks to work of grandfather

This snowman appeared on the lawn of Kari Plan and Nick Gruden at 311 W. Sixth Street in Hastings this week.

Not everyone in Hastings had a snowman in their front yard for Thanksgiving. But not everyone has Jim Plan for a grandfather.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, Kari Plan and her fiancé, Nick Gruden, heard a bunch of racket outside their home at 311 W. Sixth St. It was Plan unloading snow from his truck.

"We were quite surprised," Kari Plan said. "We didn't know what was outside throwing what in our front yard at first."

Jim Plan is a groomer at Afton Alps. The ski resort is busy making snow these days, so Plan loaded up his truck full of the white stuff on Sunday. He delivered it Sunday night, then built the snowman and decorated it Tuesday night. He wanted to surprise his granddaughter, Kylie Gruden.

"He just did it as s surprise for her first snowman of the year," Kari Plan said. "(Kylie) was so excited. She was out there climbing on him. She was very excited."

Since the snowman was built, visitors have been stopping at the house and snapping photos.

"It's kind of an attraction," Kari Plan said.

Jim Plan also built a snowman for his grandsons Jake and Matt Slattum here, too.

Kari Plan said all of Jim's grandchildren want to thank him for the effort.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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