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Polar Plunge La Crosse overachieves again



Event for Special Olympics
exceeded goal by $2,000

They’ve added up the numbers and beaten the goal again.

Organizers of the La Crosse Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics raised $132,000 Saturday – $2,000 above its goal.

And, it couldn’t have been a much better weekend to jump into the river – for the crews, anyway. The water is still freezing cold.

“It actually just makes it easier for our setup crew to come out Friday, because there’s a lot less work to do without having to cut and remove all the ice,” Event spokeswoman Kerry Gloede said.

About 750 people took part in all the Polar Plunge activities at Pettibone Beach. It was the last of 14 Wisconsin Polar Plunges for this season.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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