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A peek at the plunge

Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam Members of the "Captain Underpants" team took a flying leap into Lake Darling on Saturday during the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota.

More than 200 brave souls plunged into the icy waters of Lake Darling Saturday during Alexandria's fourth annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota.

The event, which raised more than $40,000, was sponsored locally by the Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10, Minnesota State Patrol, North Ambulance and Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Read Wednesday's Echo Press for more information about the event and more photos.

Also, watch the Echo Press website,, for a slideshow with sound of the event, a video and check out the Echo Press photo gallery later this week for more than 250 photos.