Late notice that there would be no hot tubs awaiting participants did not hamper turnout at the Rotary Club’s fifth annual Winter Plunge Feb. 22 on Forest Lake. More than 700 registered to plunge, representing 70 teams. Total funds raised exceed $133,000, with about 85 percent going to local organizations and causes. The top fundraising teams were Minnesota-based children’s charity Wishes and More ($8,845), St Pius X Catholic School of Glencoe ($7,600) and Shakopee-based Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota ($7,570). This year’s plunge was also a stage for the first proposal in event history. (She said yes.) The hot tub issue stemmed from new legislation. Organizers expect the hot tubs to return in 2015.
Above: Boys from the Ranger alpine skiing team experience cold conditions not found even on the slopes, as their female teammates await the same fate. (Photo by Clint Riese)