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Polar Plunge returns to Dickinson

This weekend on March 27, 12:30 p.m. the community, local organizations and businesses will be taking the polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics North Dakota.

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Dickinson Polar Plunge Event Chair Ryan Kilwein participates in the chilly dunk during a previous Polar Plunge event. The annual Polar Plunge will take place this weekend in Dickinson and helps raise funds for the Special Olympics North Dakota. (Dickinson Press File Photo)

Members from the community, local organizations and businesses will brace for the cold waters as they partake in the annual Polar Plunge returning to Dickinson this weekend that benefits the Special Olympics North Dakota.

Organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Polar Plunge begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at 1681 3rd Ave W, in Dickinson.

Though the pre-registration deadline has already passed, people can still raise money and take the plunge. Plungers will need to sign a waiver beforehand and pay $75. The plunge can also be done as a team effort.

Plunger incentives are an event t-shirt for those who raise at least $75; t-shirt shirt and hat for $250; t-shirt and towel for $500; or a t-shirt and sweatshirt for $1,000.

Special Olympics North Dakota Director of Development Jena Pierce said it is "an amazingly unique event."

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"It encourages people to be as brave as our athletes are every day of their life," Pierce said. "And not everyone is willing to jump into freezing cold water and to pay money to do it. That's what makes these people so special."

In previous years, the Polar Plunge in Dickinson has raised as much as $12,000.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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