Cut the hole and they will take the plunge

Press Release

The Voyageur Lions are putting the final preparations in place for the club’s annual “Polar Plunge!”
Jumpers should get their pledges counted and their costumes ready.
Once again, there is a challenge between the Emo and District Lions and the Voyageur Lions. Emo has three jumpers: Kent and Joanne Ogden, and Dennis Ogilvie.
The Ogdens are the first husband-and-wife team to brave the icy waters. But Joanne says she’s not jumping for less than $1,000.
Call her and pledge so she can make a big leap on Jan. 1!
Three veteran jumpers from the Voyageurs Lions—Dale Gill, Bill Michl, and Jim Martindale—will be joined by fellow club member Wayne Lundstrom, who is the first blind jumper ever to try the plunge.
Just to show that anyone can do this, he has been training for a month.
Special assistance will be provided to make sure he takes a safe dip! Rumour is that he will have a special “dog” guide named Bill.
Let’s see who makes the biggest splash!
And if that’s not enough, experienced jumper Owen Johnston will do a double take! The well-known fisherman will jump on behalf of two groups from the high school—his way of making an artful trip to the edge of the ice.
Last year we did not have any international participation in the jump, probably for the first time. Since we are a border community, we’re hoping for someone to make it from either International Falls or farther away.
So far we are not aware of any foreign visitors brave enough to take the plunge. If you have a guest staying with you who wants a unique Canadian winter experience, get them out to the “Plunge!”
Individuals are welcome to jump but should have a minimum of $50 in pledges. Groups that are participating, meanwhile, are trying to be the one to take home the bonus prize for raising the most money ($300).
Last year, the Muskie Sports Association put out the challenge and won! They are looking to repeat this year.
There also will be a prize for the best costumed group, as well as individual prizes.
Groups jumping could include the Muskie Sports Association, the Muskie girls’ hockey team, the local ‘AA’ Atom hockey team (may be jumping for Kidsport), Dancemakers, the Sunset Country Squash Club, FFHS art group, and the FFHS Travel Club.
If there are others out there, call 274-7829 to confirm your participation.
There will be special prizes this year for “plungers” who bring in more than $300.
Get out there and get your pledges! And see you on the dock on Jan. 1!