It's that time of year again, the dead of Winter, when we start to question why we live where the air hurts our faces. This year has been rather mild, temperature-wise, compared to last year, Polar Vortex anyone?

The Polar Plunge Season has started here in Minnesota. The wonderful time of year when people will willingly jump into a cold lake, no matter the air temperature, in order to help raise money for Special Olympics of Minnesota. There are several plunges throughout the State, with teams of all kinds, businesses, schools, Special Olympics teams, and individuals jumping. the Polar Plunge is presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, so there are a lot of our licensed peace officers who are taking the plunge.


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Melissa Hall/Townsquare Media

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, from Olmsted County Sheriff's Department has taken the plunge many, many times, and dare I say it, is a pro when it comes to the Plunge. The Olmsted County Sheriff Department put out a video on their Facebook page showing how they are preparing for this huge event, happening on February 8th in Rochester.

This cause is near and dear to my heart, our family is very involved with Special Olympics. My daughter is going to do her 5th Plunge, in Rochester again this year. How does she prepare? She wears shorts to school, yes, even in the winter. She owns several winter coats, but, won't wear them. So, you could say she prepares by being used to the cold so it isn't as much of a shock.

However you prepare, if you are taking the plunge, know that the money raised is going for a great cause. And, if you're too chicken to plunge, like me, you can still go to Foster Arend Park in Rochester on the 8th, and watch those brave souls as they go "freezin for a reason."

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