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Lafayette jumpers take part in Polar Plunge

by Ruth Klossner
With temperatures in the mid-30s, it was a much warmer day than normal for the 18th annual St. Peter Polar Plunge that raises funds for Special Olympics. The Lafayette Fire and Ambulance team was there as usual and raised a lot of money for the cause.
Lafayette’s Nick Klingler was the top individual fundraiser, collecting $2,180. Nicollet County Sheriff Dave Lange was the third highest fundraiser with $1,867.
In the Law Enforcement team category, Lafayette Fire and Ambulance finished third with a total of $4,764.
Overall, 281 jumpers raised $61,105—as of Sunday—of a $70,000 goal. The local plunge has raised over $1.2 million in its 17-year history.
With concerns about ice conditions, this year’s jump was done differently than in previous years. It was still held at Hallett’s Pond but, instead of having the jumpers go out on the ice and jump into open water, an area was opened along the shore. Jumpers ran into that area, jumped or bellyflopped, then turned back to the shore and ran back to the warming tent.
As they’ve always done, the Lafayette Fire and Ambulance group, family members, and friends tailgated on site, cooking hotdogs and serving hot chocolate and more for anyone stopping by.
Space is now limited at Hallett’s Pond, due to the on-going construction of apartment buildings on what had been the parking area, but the Lafayette group found room for their fire ring, food tables, chairs, and more.

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