New half-century, new city logo

New logo designer Barry McCullough and previous logo contest winner designer Ed Pehoski were on hand for the unveiling Jan. 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
New logo designer Barry McCullough and previous logo contest winner designer Ed Pehoski were on hand for the unveiling Jan. 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn, council members, and logo designers unveiled the new city logo in a packed council chambers Jan. 27.  (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn, council members, and logo designers unveiled the new city logo in a packed council chambers Jan. 27. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
1964 North St. Paul logo
1964 North St. Paul logo

As things change, they also stay the same. After 50 years of using its original snowman logo, the City of North St. Paul has now adopted: another snowman logo.

At a special unveiling ceremony Jan. 27, the city revealed a 21st-century take on the snowman and the city’s image.

Professional designer Barry McCollough’s logo features clean lines on the recognizable outline of the city’s snowman statue, in a graphic that can be backgrounded in color or used as a silhouette.

The ceremony became something of a meeting of the generations, as not only did the city have McCullough on hand, it had Edwin Pehoski, designer of the original. The playful look of his take on the snowman, with its off-kilter torso, shiny hat and big grin truly reflected popular design of the time.

Pehoski entered a community contest and beat out 87 other contenders to establish that first snowman logo. He earned a hefty sum of $100 for his creativity.

And though the iconic snowman statue on Highway 36 might seem to have inspired Pehoski’s grinning creation, it actually appeared nearly a decade later.

Check the city’s website and lobby for a look at the logo on shirts, sweatshirts and other items.

Below, try your hand at the snowman trivia contest the city offered as part of the Jan. 27 festivities:

1. What event held since the early 1950’s did businesses sponsor in which the community built a mascot?
2. Who was responsible for designing the first City Logo?
3. Who is responsible for coming up with the idea for the world’s greatest snowman?
4. What impressed the snowman visionary to want to build such a large structure?
5. What year did they start building the snowman structure?
6. What year was the snowman structure finished?
7. Where did the snowman stand prior to the current location?  
8. How many tons does the snowman weigh?
9, How tall is the snowman?
10. How many buttons are on the snowman?
11. How many feet wide is the snowman’s smile?
12. What was the total cost of supplies for the project to build the snowman from 1972-74?
13. In what year was the snowman made the City’s official mascot/logo?

And, a couple extra points added by the Review:

14. How did the late Lloyd Koesling’s family and friends honor his contribution to the city following his funeral?
15. Is the snowman’s name “Kenny”?


Answers to trivia questions: (1) Snow Frolics (2) Edwin Pehoski (3) Lloyd Koesling (4) A trip to Disneyland with his family
(5) 1971 (6) July 23, 1974 (7) On Seventh and Margaret just behind K & J Catering; it was moved to its present site in 1990. (8) 20 tons (9) 44 feet
(10) Two (11) 16 (12) $2,000, provided by the Chamber of Commerce
(13) 1964 (14) Koesling’s hearse and funeral procession took a special route so it could drive past the snowman. (15) No. The ebullient owner and counterman at former Main Street anchor Velma’s Coffee Loft was in a jovial mood when another newspapers’ reporter dashed into the shop to ask “What’s the snowman’s name?” “Kenny?” our friend responded with a shrug. The reporter was out the door before he could be corrected and the spoof soon hit the paper. If it needs one, we suggest the snowman’s name might be thought of as “Lloyd.”


 

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