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Take the plunge! Polar Plunge Saturday at Green Lake

Tribune file photo Participants in the 13th annual Polar Plunge belly flop into Green Lake in January 2017. A crew of emergency responders guide participants from the water and assist as needed. 1 / 3
Tribune file photo Participants in the 2017 Polar Plunge quickly get out of the water at Green Lake in Spicer. Over the past five years, 1,800 plungers have raised more than $354,100 at the Spicer plunge. 2 / 3
Tribune file photo Amber Nichols, left, and Jeff Rudie jump into Green Lake during the 2017 Polar Plunge. More than 215 people are preregistered for this year's event set for Saturday in Spicer.3 / 3

SPICER — The 14th annual Polar Plunge will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday near Zorbaz on Green Lake as part of the Spicer WinterFest celebration.

The Polar Plunges statewide are sponsored by law enforcement to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

A crew of emergency responders from Willmar, New London-Spicer and other local departments will staff the plunge area to guide participants from the water or assist anyone who may feel disoriented.

A tent will be provided for participants to warm up. Other emergency responders will help with crowd control and registration.

Last year's plunge featured 234 participants and raised $58,109, according to the official Polar Plunge website. From 2013 through 2017, there were 1,800 plungers who raised $354,109 at the Spicer plunge.

As of Tuesday evening, 216 people had registered for this year's plunge, with $23,057 pledged so far.

The numbers statewide are also impressive: 6,877 registered participants for 25 plunges scheduled through March 17, with $621,665 raised, also as of Tuesday evening.

To register for the Polar Plunge, visit www.plungemn.org. Walk-up registration will be taken from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Spicer American Legion, 155 Lake Ave.

Other WinterFest events are scheduled through Feb. 11 (please see the accompanying calendar). For more information on WinterFest 2018, visit www.spicermn.com.

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