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Polar Bears Plunge Into New Year

While many may have spent New Year's Day at home in quiet fashion, that wasn't the case at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport.

At high noon Tuesday, scores of people stormed into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan to take part in the 27th annual Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge.

Dan Klarer of Mount Horeb, who performed locally in The Santaland Diaries, told the plunge was a good way to "purge his disgruntled 'elfness.'"

Eleven-year-olds Monique McCormack and Maggie Parzych, students at Gibraltar Secondary School, say it's something everyone should do at least once so they can check it off their bucket list.

Francis McCormack of Fish Creek told us his strategy for the swim was fairly straightforward.

The sun was shining and winds were relatively light but it was cold. The air temperature was announced to be 24 degrees but most in attendance realized it was more in the 15 to 18 degree range. The water was an eye-opening 32 degrees.

While many of the brave souls were from Door County, others came from farther away, including Ohio, Colorado and even Brazil. 


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