That was a cold one!

ST. PETER – Around 700 people raised more than $120,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota Saturday at the St. Peter Polar Bear Plunge at Hallet’s Pond.

MR Paving & Excavating Inc. of New Ulm raised more than $2,300 with 17 employees jumping into the pond. “It’s exhilarating and I like the cause. The world is spinning. Grab a hold and take a ride, ” said MR Paving employee Bryce Boelter of New Ulm who participated for the second straight year.

“Three of us have children with children with special needs – myself, Jay Evans and James Piotter. I minored in Special Education in college,” Boelter added.

Myron Seidl of rural Hanska, a New Ulm 3M employee, has been taking part in the event for years. “It’s fun and for a great cause,” he said.

Sleepy Eye Public Schools raised more than $1,400 online for the plunge, leading all K-12 schools by far. The Club New Yorker of Green Isle led all restaurants with online fund-raising with $3,911. The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office led all law enforcement online fund-raising with $2,364.

Since the event began in 2007, The St. Peter Polar Plunge has included 2,427 plungers raising $404,035 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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