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  1. Photos: Plungers take to frigid Lake Michigan for a cause

    Members of local government and public service offered up their bodies to the frigid temperatures of Lake Michigan on Tuesday at Red Arrow Park in Manitowoc.

    • May 1, 2014
  2. Photos: Polar Bear Plunges held in Whitewater, La Crosse and Kenosha last month

    A Polar Plunge was held in Milwaukee on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  3. Photos: Polar Bear Plunge held in Bayfield

    A Polar Plunge was held in Milwaukee on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  4. Photos: Polar Plunges for Special Olympics held in Wausau, Eau Claire

    Polar Plunges were held over the weekend in Wausau and Eau Claire.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  5. Photos: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held in Milwaukee

    A Polar Plunge was held in Milwaukee on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  6. Fox Valley Polar Plunge sees biggest event yet

    In her 11th year as director of development for the Fox Valley Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics, Nicci Sprangers’ easiest day of the entire year was Saturday.

    • Feb. 16, 2014
  7. Photos: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held in Muskego

    A Polar Plunge was held in Muskego on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

    • Feb. 13, 2014
  8. Photos: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held in Menomonie

    A Polar Plunge was held in Menomonie on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

    • Feb. 9, 2014
  9. Photos: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics held in Wisconsin Rapids

    jThe Wood County Special Response Team took the first plunge at the Wisconsin Rapids Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Anchor Bay Bar and Grill in Biron on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

    • Feb. 9, 2014
  10. Thanks for supporting Polar Bear Jump

    The Lure Bar thanks all the jumpers, spectators and donors for being a part of the 17th annual Polar Bear Jump. A special thanks to all the volunteers. The event wouldn't be a success without you.

    • Jan. 8, 2014
  11. Dominic Kuhn, right, and his dad, Richard, both of Neillsville, jump in the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge, representing Boy Scout Troop No. 43. They were dressed as hobbits. Many plungers wear costumes for the event. News-Herald Media file photo

    Polar Bear Plunge will have global impact

    Rotary International District Gov. Dean Ryerson recently addressed the Neillsville Rotary Club to highlight the efforts of Rotary International to eradicate polio from the world through a program called Polio Plus.

    • Jan. 6, 2014
  12. Photos: Jumpers plunge into icy water in St. Germain

    An icy plunge was held in St. Germain on Saturday before the bitter cold arrived.

    • Jan. 6, 2014
  13. Seven stalwart Islanders became 2014 polar bears on New Year's Day. To reach the water, a 'swimming pool' had to be cut into the ice at Schoolhouse Beach. Mary Marik/For

    Recapping Door County's icy plunges on New Year's Day

    A pair of reports in the Door County Advocate recap this week's icy plunges in Door County.

    • Jan. 4, 2014
  14. Photos: Icy plunges held in Chippewa Falls and Phillips

    A pair of icy plunges were held to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in western Wisconsin on New Year's Day.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  15. Photos: Icy plunges held around Wisconsin this winter

    A number of icy plunges have been held around Wisconsin already this winter.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  16. Polar Bear Plunge held in frosty Lake Wissota

    Caleb Brown of The Chippewa Herald reports on the small group of jumpers that took to chilly Lake Wissota waters on Wednesday to benefit a Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  17. Cold temperature sets Jacksonport Polar Bear record

    The air temperature was a frigid 2 degrees above zero – with a wind-chill more like 10 below – when the time came for the 28th annual Jacksonport Polar Bear Club plunge on Wednesday.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  18. About 300 participants braved the cold weather to take a dip in Lake Michigan during the 28th annual Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. H. Marc Larson/For

    Crowd braves record cold in Door County for Plunge

    As a physical education teacher, Evan Guell will do anything to get his students exercising more.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  19. Samantha Heinrich, of Sheboygan, is jubilant after her dip in Lake Michigan on Wednesday in Sheboygan. Gary C. Klein/For

    Some like it cold: Plunge in Sheboygan draws hundreds despite subzero temps

    Subzero wind chills, light snowfall and sound judgment couldn’t keep more than 200 New Year’s Day revelers from taking a bitter cold dip into Lake Michigan on Wednesday for Sheboygan’s annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  20. Brave souls face the Waupaca Polar Bear Plunge

    The Waupaca Chain O' Lakes Polar Bear Plunge was held at Becker Marine on Lime Kiln Lake in Waupaca on Jan. 1, 2014.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  21. Friends Krystin Eckes, Vesper, left, Morgan Vanderhei, center, Wisconsin Rapids, who is the reigning Miss Wisconsin Rapids, and Catherine Jasin, right, Nekoosa, jumped into the water Wednesday at the 17th annual Polar Bear Jump held at The Lure Bar & Grill in Rome. Jumpers raised monies for the Children's Miracle Network. Go to for a photo gallery and video from the jump. CASEY LAKE/DAILY TRIBUNE MEDIA

    Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area among those to take Polar Bear Jump (with photos, video)

    Dozens of people huddled around a pier, with cameras and phones at the ready to document what would only last about 10 minutes.

    • Jan. 1, 2014
  22. A group including, from left to right, Patrick Davis, Logan Mallek, Justin Davis and Mike Mallek, jumps into the Wisconsin River on Wednesday as part of the annual Polar Bear Swim at Rusty's Backwater Saloon in Stevens Point. The group has dressed up each of the past four years for the event, this year choosing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nathan Vine/Stevens Point Journal Media

    Polar Bear Swim challenges hearty souls to jump in Wisconsin River on New Year's Day (with video)

    Patrick Davis said it's never been a particularly great idea to jump into the Wisconsin River on New Year's Day, but that hasn't stopped him from coming back the past four years to do it.

    • Jan. 1, 2014
  23. Photos: Minocqua hosts first icy plunge of winter

    23 jumpers raised a total of $31,800 in pledges and donations for the Children's Miracle Network at the Chill Out event held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in downtown Minocqua.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  24. Janelle Peotter of Sturgeon Bay, right, and her polar bear mascot with matching swimwear was one of the more than 700 New Year's Day revelers who stepped into a frigid Lake Michigan during the 2013 Jacksonport Polar Bear Club swim. Tina M. Gohr/Door County Advocate

    Jacksonport Polar Bear Club to hold 28th annual Lake Michigan swim Jan. 1

    The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club is preparing to take its 28th annual New Year's Day plunge into Lake Michigan, with an estimated 600 to 800 people expected to go splashing into the frigid waters off Lakeside Park in Jacksonport for what has become one of

    • Dec. 26, 2013
  25. An arctic blast is expected to send temperatures plunging into the low single digits for New Year's Day, with wind chills as low as minus 25. File/Press-Gazette Media

    New Year's Day polar plunges could be extra frigid

    If you've never done a polar bear plunge before, this New Year's Day might not be the best day to start.

    • Dec. 27, 2013
  26. File/Press-Gazette Media

    Annual Polar Plunge set for New Year's Day

    The Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge, a traditional quick swim in Lake Michigan, is set to start at noon Wednesday at Lakeside Park Beach, Jacksonport.

    • Dec. 26, 2013
  27. Morgan Vanderhei

    17th annual event Polar Bear Jump in Rome to benefit Children's Miracle Network

    New Year's traditions take on an entire new meaning when you're jumping into freezing water.

    • Dec. 24, 2013
  28. Beat the heat with icy photos from this winter's plunges

    The first part of 2013 was filled with Polar Plunges around Wisconsin.

    • Mar. 4, 2013
  29. Blogger Anthony Larson reflects on those that take chilly dives

    March 1-2 wrapped up an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics, a statewide organization provides people with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

    • Mar. 8, 2013
  30. Another weekend of icy dips in Wisconsin

    La Crosse was the site of another Polar Plunge over the weekend.

    • Mar. 4, 2013
  31. Photos: Plunges held around state over the weekend

    Polar Plunges were held in Green Bay, Wausau, Eau Claire and Neillsville this weekend.

    • Feb. 26, 2013
  32. Reporter wears mobile camera for Polar Plunge

    Daily Herald Media reporter Carolyn Tiry wore the Sprocketz Bike Shop sponsored mobile camera during a Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics held at Sunnyvale in Wausau on Saturday, February 23.

    • Feb. 26, 2013
  33. Vicki Landwer, 40, of Junction City, celebrates her plunge in Sunny Vale Lake. Amanda Seitz/Daily Herald Media

    Hundreds take plunge into Sunny Vale Lake for Special Olympics fundraiser

    Ashley Palmerton, her blue tank top and shorts drenched in chilled water, screeched as she raced up the hill and away from the icy lake.

    • Feb. 23, 2013
  34. Support Special Olympics at Wausau Polar Plunge

    Watch and donate to a great cause as more than 400 individuals with some very brave teams make their Polar Plunge into Sunny Vale Lake at Sunny Vale Park on Saturday.

    • Feb. 20, 2013
  35. From the Second Story: Polar plunge helps support community groups

    The polar bear plunge once again will be a main attraction during Neillsville's Winter Carnival. The event will be at noon Saturday at the Listeman Park pond.

    • Feb. 19, 2013
  36. 2,000 participants take plunge for Special Olympics

    Thousands of “plungers” decked out in bikinis, neon-colored tutus and super hero capes took a dip in Millers Bay at Menominee Park Saturday for the 13th Annual Fox Valley Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Wisconsin.

    • Feb. 18, 2013
  37. Polar Plungers take icy dip in Wisconsin Rapids

    Cool off with photos from an icy plunge taken Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

    • Apr. 18, 2011
  38. Rotary to hold 10th annual polar plunge

    In conjunction with Neillsville's Winter Carnival, the local Rotary club once again will sponsor the Polar Bear Plunge. This event will take place Feb. 23 on the pond at Listeman Park.

    • Jan. 25, 2013
  39. Polar Bears raise $8,500 for Children's Miracle Network

    The annual Polar Bear Jump at the Lure Bar raised $8,500 for the Children's Miracle Network. Tom and Joan Koren of the Lure Bar thank all 55 jumpers, sponsors, spectators, volunteers, Pool People and Rome Rescue for all their support.

    • Jan. 16, 2013

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