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Polar Plunge raises $93,000 for Special Olympics

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The annual Polar Bear Plunge on Pelican Lake at Breezy Point Resort raised $93,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

About 300 people braved below zero temperatures and wind chills to jump into the lake. The oldest plunger was Elain Hafften, 71, Browerville, who jumped with the Staples-Motley Gaven’s Geeks.

The youngest to plunge was Noah Lee, 5, from Thief River Falls.

A big group of Pirates won the costume contest, with Jack Sparrow (Shawn Thayer of Baxter) as the individual winner in the male costume contest. A Shield Maiden won the female costume contest.

The following Special Olympic athletes judged the costume contest and planned to plunge into the lake as well: David Leek, Danny Meyer, Gaven Christensen, Trevor Birr and Justin Stewart. Special Olympians Bergen Hanson and Amanda Murphy also were judges.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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