Polar Plunge teams raise $72,000 for Special Olympics
WILLMAR — More than 300 hardy volunteers raised $72,000 this weekend at the 10th annual Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics.
There were 360 volunteers who braved the cold Saturday and jumped into the icy waters of Green Lake. The air temperature at the time of the event was about 6 degrees with a 16 mph wind, creating a wind chill of 12 below.
The ice was 25 inches thick at the plunge location. Each ice block removed from the lake weighed about 1,700 pounds.
Local law enforcement agencies issued a thank-you to the many plungers, spectators, volunteers and donating organizations that participated in the event. “Without the excellent community support shown, this event would not be possible,” they said in a statement this weekend.
Photos will be posted in the near future at www.plungemn.org under the Willmar/Spicer plunge page.