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Registration is open for 2012 Polar Bear Plunge

Brave Minnesotans around the state are gearing up for the coldest moment in their lives as they register for the Polar Bear Plunge.

There are 15 Polar Bear Plunge events scheduled around the state in early 2012, coordinated by local law enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Polar Bear Plunge fundraisers help Special Olympics Minnesota offer year-round sports training and competition to more than 7,100 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

In 2011 nearly 11,000 individuals took the plunge to support Special Olympics Minnesota, together raising more than $2.2 million.

Participants plunge in teams of coworkers, friends or club members or as individuals, raising money through pledges. Each participant must raise at least $75.

The 2012 Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge will be held on February 26 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

For more information or to register, visit, e-mail or call 1-800-783-7732.

Polar Bear Plunge events are organized by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world.