Balmy weather greets Polar Plunge participants

Photos and video from the Polar Plunge at Breezy Point.

Jay Bautch of the Brainerd Fire Department belly flops into the frigid water of Pelican Lake Saturday, March 6, during the annual Polar Plunge. The Breezy Point Resort event included more than 150 plungers and raised about $40,000 to support Special Olympics Minnesota. Plungers participated in waves and an option to plunge virtually was included this year for safety reasons during the pandemic. The sunny late winter day featured temperatures nearing 50 degrees. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Polar Plunge Gallery

Growing up in the Brainerd lakes area I realized that I never wanted to leave, so it is a true blessing that I was able to find a job at the Dispatch doing something I love. As a visual journalist, I work in the mediums of photography and videography to bring our readers everything from sports, hard news, weather and local events to slice of life documentation of our coverage area.
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