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.