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Fox Sports North executive gets early jump on Polar Plunge

Call him a serial jumper or a premature plunger. Mike Dimond kicked off the Brainerd Polar Bear Plunge a day early on Friday, Feb. 28, at Breezy Point Resort.

Dimond, a senior vice president and general manager at Fox Sports North in the Twin Cities made his 19th and 20th plunges at the resort out of a planned 24 plunges this winter. His 24 plunges will be done at 16 sites, he said. This is his fourth year as a Polar Plunger, but his first year making multiple jumps.

The Chanhassen man reminded people they can still register to make a plunge in support of Special Olympics Minnesota by going to the website. Day of the Plunge check-in may be done at the first floor of the convention center at Breezy Point Resort near the front desk. In 2013 about $88,130 was raised at the Brainerd Polar Bear Plunge. He said by making his Breezy Point plunge a day early he misses out on the cheering crowds but it’s necessary if he is going to make his scheduled plunges in the Twin Cities on Saturday, March 1.

“You miss a little bit when you do it out of the normal time,” he said.

The money raised in the Polar Plunges benefits 7,800 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.

His only advice to first-time jumpers is not to over-think the process.

“You can do it, but don’t think about it too much,” Dimond said.

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Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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