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Participants make the initial charge into the ice cold water from all directions during the Waupaca Chain O' Lakes Polar Bear Plunge Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at Becker Marine on Lime Kiln Lake in Waupaca, Wisconsin. / Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent


An enthusiastic crowd watches as people endure single-digit air temperatures and icy water during the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge at the Chain O’ Lakes near Waupaca.

The event raised money for the Waupaca Fire Department.

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