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Plungers brave single digit temperatures (w/video)

Representatives from Team Massman jump into frozen Lake Darling on Sunday. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)2 / 4
A large crowd braved single digit temperatures to watch the Polar Plunge. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)3 / 4
Plungers from Someplace Safe hit the water during the Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge.4 / 4

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 the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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