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Taking the plunge

Lutheran Student Association members Kim Reilly (left) and Elecia Oleson take the plunge in the frigid water of Half Moon Lake located in Polk Country, Wis.

Steven Kinderman<BR><BR>About a dozen members of University Lutheran Church, the ELCA campus ministry presence at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, were among 670 participants of Polar Plunge 2009, a fundraiser for Wisconsin Special Olympics.

On a day when air temperatures struggled to reach 20 degrees, nearly $100,000 was raised as groups took turns leaping into 3 feet of 32-degree water.


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