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Photos by Lowell Anderson/Alexandria Echo Press Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr, Deputy Bryan Savaloja and Deputy Luke Manderschied make the Polar Bear Plunge in Alexandria last Sunday afternoon. Looking on are Jennifer Palm, Keith Waaraniemi and Erika Penner.

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A brisk winter wind scraped across the region Sunday afternoon, whipping up a bone-chilling backdrop for the 2011 Alexandria Polar Bear Plunge.

This year's Polar Plunge registered 263 people who willingly jumped into the icy water, raising approximately $48,500 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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