Brave souls with warm hearts plunged into icy water for a cause they believe in this afternoon.
Minot's first ever Polar Plunge took place this afternoon outside the Sleep Inn and Suites.
The Polar Plunge is a popular fundraiser held throughout the country for the Special Olympics where participants collect pledges in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters.
Local law enforcement participate in the Torch Run fundraiser every year and decided to bring the Polar Plunge to the Minot area as well.
(Sergeant Dale Plessas, Minot Police Department, Polar Plunge Volunteer) "Law Enforcement in general has always been very involved in Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run in a nationwide event and it is just a great thing for Special Olympics, raising funds and trying to get as much involvement as we can through the community."
Last year Special Olympics North Dakota held plunging events in Grand Forks, Fargo, and Jamestown raising.
This year more than 35-thousand dollars has been raised by close to 150 plungers in North Dakota alone.
Sgt. Plessas believes the event has been well-received by the Minot area and has generated awareness for the Special Olympics.
(Sergeant Dale Plessas, Minot Police Department, Polar Plunge Volunteer) "It is really important that we bring awareness of Special Olympics and what they do for North Dakota. It is also a way to help provide money for the events that they sponsor and to help out however we can."
If you would like to donate to Special Olympics North Dakota-- you can do so by logging onto SpecialOlympicsNorthDakota.org