LSSU burns snowman for spring

SAULT STE. MARIE. (AP) – Students at an Upper Peninsula university are getting ready to mark this today’s long-awaited end of winter with the traditional burning of the snowman.

Lake Superior State University said the 40-year custom will be repeated at noon today.

Spring officially arrived in the northern hemisphere at 12:57 p.m.

The university said students and maintenance employees build the 10- to 12-foot-tall snowman “mostly from paper destined for the recycling bin, along with a wood and wire frame.”

LSSU said this year’s ceremony will mark another transition on the Sault Ste. Marie campus – school President Tony McLain hands off the torch to light the snowman to his successor, Thomas Pleger. The presidential change takes place in July.