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People inspect Novak's 50-foot snowman on his farm near Gilman, Minn., on March 2. / Jason Wachter, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

Measuring far beyond human height, a snowman named Granddaddy stands at a towering 50 feet in Minnesota.

With the help of family and friends, farmer Greg Novak built the snowman this winter in a farm field surrounded by snowdrifts in Gilman.

After snow caused one of Novak's greenhouses to collapse, he started moving huge piles of snow to prevent this from happening again. Novak decided he'd do something productive with the snow.

"As long as you're moving it, might as well do something practical with it," Novak told the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.

During Grandaddy's construction, Novak says some called him crazy for building the massive snowman. But he says was determined to build the towering figure.

"When I start a job, I like to finish it," Novak said.

How was Granddaddy constructed?

Novak told the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times that he used skid loaders to pile snow into a wagon. He also used a blower to move snow into makeshift, fenced-in silos that situated the stacked cylinders of which Granddaddy is made.

For the snowman's body, Novak bent a 61-foot auger into Granddaddy's arms; a 55-gallon barrel was used for his blue nose; and a 35-foot-tall broomstick was made so he looked like a builder.

But what truly captivates Novak about the snowman is how it has touched people's lives.

"It puts a smile on people's faces," Novak said. "When people smile, you know you've done a good thing."

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