Poor ice may sink ‘Polar Plunge’

If somebody had told me two months ago that on Jan. 1, 2006 I would be jumping into a large hole cut into the ice on Rainy Lake, I probably would have said, “Over my dead body.”
Well, that very well may be the case when I take the “Polar Plunge” this Sunday at 1 p.m.
That is, if it’s not postponed.
“Plunge” organizer George Emes said Thursday that because of the unseasonably mild weather here of late, there may not be enough ice on Sand Bay to hold the annual event.
Co-organizer Jim Martindale, who had been out of town, will check out the situation and make the final decision Friday morning.
If it does go ahead, the “Plunge” once again is slated to take place on the ice right behind La Place Rendez-Vous. Participants are urged to show up about 45 minutes early to register.
Applications are being accepted until tomorrow (Friday), although people simply can show up on the day of the “plunge” with their sponsor form and register anytime after 11:30 a.m.
Organized by the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances, money raised will go towards local youth activities and community projects.
Emes is hoping for an even better turn-out this time around.
Last year’s event drew about 35 people, but organizers are hoping for about a 20 percent increase this year.
Teams expected to participate Sunday include the Muskie Touchdown Club, Aquanauts, Visserettes, Cyclone, Girl Guides, and Muskie hockey players.