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Hundreds take plunge into frigid lake on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2018

Hundreds brave the sub zero temperatures on New Years Day morning to take a frigid leap into the icy waters of Lake Minnetonka, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. It was the annual ALARC ICE DIVE at the Port of Excelsior dock, to help raise money for US veterans. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

EXCELSIOR, Minn. (AP) — Bitter-cold weather wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of people from taking a plunge into Lake Minnetonka on New Year’s Day.

KSTP-TV reports that the temperature was about minus 15 on Monday morning during the ALARC Ice Dive. It was the second-coldest day in the event’s 28 years.

But event director Harley Feldman said there was never any thought of canceling.

Veteran participants say it’s getting out of the water — not going in — that’s the hard part. Scott Searl has done it more than 10 times, and says “it always hurts, and it’s stupid.”

The event helps raise money for military veterans.

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Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com

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