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Photos: Woodbury takes the plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota

A team from Lake Elmo Bank jumps into an icy Carver Lake on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Woodbury Polar Plunge. Nearly $67,000 was raised from the plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
A man jumps into Carver Lake. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Water immersion suits were worn by those floating calmly in Carver Lake as they waited to help plungers out of the icy water. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
A man braces for being submerged in the icy water as he jumps into Carver Lake. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The air wouldn't get warmer than 9 degrees and the water was even colder. But that didn't stop Minnesotans from taking a quick dip for a good cause.

More than 380 people signed up to jump into an icy Carver Lake on Feb. 9 as part of the Polar Plunge, an event to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. The celebration lasted less than an hour and a half, but nearly $67,000 was raised by jumpers and their supporters. Community organizations, businesses and individuals alike participated, dressing up in costumes or stripping down to swimsuits.

According to the Woodbury plunge's website, some of the leading fundraisers were Woodbury Public Safety with $3,303, Hudson Cheer and Stunt with $2,147, and Riley Metz, who raised the most money for an individual with $1,333.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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