These days, if you want to keep something cold you put it in the refidgerator or freezer.  Electric appliances have made this reality something we take for granted.  But once upon a time, our ancestors used blocks of ice to keep things cool.  Amish communities in Wisconsin maintain the practice and keep the skill set alive in Wisconsin.

In the coldest depths of winter, harvesters take to the frozen waterways to cut and collect  large blocks of ice that are stored for use in the summer months.

What I found impressive about this story is that the ice that is stored has been known to last two or three years - without the aid of modern electric condensers.

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