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Taking the first plunge


Katelyn Beckman isn’t particularly crazy about the typically cool Minnesota weather, or the cold in general, but come Saturday she’s going to embrace it with open arms — for “as short amount of time as possible.”.


Beckman, who has been visually impaired since the age of 3, is preparing to take her first Polar Bear Plunge at Breezy Point Resort along with Brainerd High School staff member and aide Mary Egan.

“Mary’s the reason that I am doing this,” said Beckman, a sophomore at BHS. “She said we should do it and I kind of just said ‘OK.’

“I don’t like the cold weather but I can be a bit wild and crazy so it should be interesting.”

Wild and crazy will fit Egan and Beckman’s outfits of choice, going with a Mardi Gras theme in honor of the recent holiday.

And even though leaping into frigid waters is enough to make anyone nervous, Beckman says she can handle it.

“I’m not nervous at all,” she said. “(Mary) told me roughly how big the hole was so I should be OK with that and really I am just pretty excited about the whole thing.”

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Jessi Pierce
Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24) High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn. College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010) Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse. Follow me on Twitter @jessi_pierce (views on Twitter do not represent that of the Brainerd Dispatch)
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