Taking the plunge was still pretty cold

More than 150 jumpers tested the cold waters of Pelican Lake during Breezy Point's annual Polar Plunge

To fill time while the warming house was cleaned, Breezy Point Police Officer Joe Garcia jumped into the frigid waters 11 times during the Polar Plunge Saturday, March 6. He said the water never got any warmer. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

The air temperature was warm. The water temperature was not.

That did not stop roughly 150 jumpers from plunging into an icy Pelican Lake during Breezy Point's annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 6.

Though the air temperature was in the mid- to high-40s on Saturday, March 6, the water was still plenty cold for jumpers. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Jumpers of all ages leapt into the water on a day when the temperature above the ice was in the mid-40s. Some brought friends, others brought costumes and everyone raised roughly $40,000 to support Special Olympics Minnesota.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, jumpers participated in waves with the changing area cleaned between groups. An option to plunge virtually was also added this year.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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