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Captain Freddy's Polar Plunge Raises Over $1,000 for ND National Guard

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  A good time for a good cause.  It's the "Polar Plunge" at Captain Freddy's.

Today's dip in the drink was not for the faint of heart.  While temperatures reached 50 degrees, the mighty Missouri remained chilly.  Even so, a handful of souls braved the water. While costumes were not required -- they were appreciated.

Captain Freddy's hosted the maritime event to raise money for the North Dakota National Guard.  Co-Owner Rick White was the object of his patrons' affections as they attempted to raise $500 -- and force him into a pair of animal print trunks, then into the water.  "I never agreed to it, number one, it just all of a sudden took on it's own life. . . .  Well, this means I have to get wet," says White.  

Pre-jump, participants felt differently about their commitments.  "Oh ya, I'm nervous to jump in.," says Amanda Harsche, Bismarck, Polar Plunge Jumper.  "It's going to be an awesome time.  Maybe a little cold, but you'll live, I promise.  There's no worries," says Tyler Fleckenstein, Bismarck, Polar Plunge Jumper.

No worries, perhaps, because paramedics were on hot standby.  Though none of the jumpers stayed in long, all were good sports and gave-in to a call from the crowd for an encore performance.  They ended up taking the plunge not once, but twice.

In the end, the Captain Freddy's Polar Plunge raised $1,040 to benefit families of the North Dakota National Guard.

"I was actually, I was relieved to come out in freezing weather, than go in. It's like a sauna when you come out.  It was worth it.  It was a lot of fun.  I would definitely do it again," says Harsche.  Fellow jumper Fleckenstein echoed those sentiments:  "And guess what?  It's for charity, so best time ever.  Let's do it again!"

Captain Freddy's, McQuade Distributing and 97.5 FM sponsored the Polar Plunge.  They provided hundreds of dollars in prizes to jumpers with the most sponsors -- and the best costumes.


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