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Temperatures in the single digits on Sunday did not stop hundreds of brave people from plunging into Lake Darling.

The annual Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge took place at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Sunday to help raise funding for the Special Olympics.

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Alexandria police officer Keith Melrose, who organizes the polar plunge, said around 516 people participated in the event and helped reach his goal to raise over $100,000.

“Last year we had 516 jumpers and we raised $96,000,” Melrose said. “So my goal was to hit that $100,000 mark this year, and I think we did it.”

Team Massman alone donated over $16,000 and had plenty of representatives in the plunge. 

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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