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February 17, 2016
When John Leikness suggested to his wife Joan that they jump in a lake to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary this year, he had no idea she'd agree to it. Saturday they took part in the Polar Fest Plunge to celebrate not only 50 years together this year but also both turn 70 this year as well. (LEE KENSINGER)
Minnesota couple celebrates 50 years of marriage with lake plunge
February 17, 2016 - 4:54pm
January 30, 2016
Trent Thompson of Willmar, dressed as Uncle Sam, backs into the icy waters of Green Lake in Spicer Saturday soon to be followed by Chris Anderson of Spicer, in an American Eagle mask, and Chris Braegelman of Belgrade, in a squirrel mask, at the 12th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)play button
UPDATE: Polar Plunge raises $65,000 for Special Olympics
January 30, 2016 - 7:46pm
January 28, 2016
Law enforcement took Special Olympics on as a charitable cause many, many years ago, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt. Locally, they have sponsored the Polar Plunge for 12 years, since it’s inception as the fourth such event in the state. The plunge is a popular event drawing large crowds as part of the annual Spicer WinterFest celebration. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)
Freezin' for a reason: Polar Plunge is more than just an event for law enforcement
January 28, 2016 - 10:44am
January 21, 2016
The ever-popular Polar Plunge will be held in Green Lake in Spicer again this year, with the event set for Jan. 30. More than 200 people are already registered for the plunge. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)
Spicer WinterFest begins this weekend, but will be without popular ice castle attraction
January 21, 2016 - 9:47am
January 19, 2015
The Willmar/Spicer Plunge will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Saulsbury Beach, 151 Lake Ave. S., in Spicer. Pre-check-in will be Jan. 30 at the American Legion, 155 Lake Ave. S. in Spicer. (TRIBUNE/File)
Registration still open for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge
January 19, 2015 - 11:40pm
December 23, 2014
Pam Lehn leaps into the frigid water of Green Lake with her three sisters Mary Beth Schmidt, from left, Kay Jackson and Sue Edwards close behind during the 2013 Polar Plunge. (TRIBUNE/File)
Polar Plunge registration opens
December 23, 2014 - 10:58pm
January 27, 2014
Bryson Wachter of Spicer takes a leap into the frigid water Saturday at Green Lake during the 10th annual Polar Plunge benefit for the Special Olympics. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)
Polar Plunge teams raise $72,000 for Special Olympics
January 27, 2014 - 5:00am
January 26, 2014
Over 360 plungers chose to leap into the frigid water of Green Lake Saturday during the 10th annual Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is a benefit for the Special Olympics sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff Office and the Willmar Police button
Video: Polar Bear Plunge held on Green Lake
January 26, 2014 - 6:21pm
January 27, 2013
More than 400 participants were on hand Saturday for the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Green Lake in Spicer. The event is sponsored by law enforcement to raise money for Minnesota Special Olympics programs. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
More than 400 people brave the frigid waters of Green Lake, in Spicer, Minn., raising $78K for Special Olympics
January 27, 2013 - 10:55pm
January 24, 2013
West Central Dairy Princesses Brenda Hinseth, left, and Julie Gatewood take the big plunge into the icy water of Green Lake during the 8th annual event held Jan. 28, 2012, to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday near Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. (Tribune file photo by Ron Adams)
9th annual Polar Plunge takes place Saturday on Green Lake in Spicer, Minn.
January 24, 2013 - 7:10am