By Tara Mathews
Three Howard Lake residents will participate in a polar bear plunge Saturday, March 1 at Lake Calhoun.
Morgan Kleve is going on her fourth year plunging, which started as an activity for past fair royalty.
After the first plunge, Kleve decided she wanted to get more involved in helping children with special needs, so she continues to plunge.
Kleve is adding a 5K run to her agenda before she does the plunge this year.
“I’ll get warmed up before I cool down,” Kleve said.
Kleve grew up in Howard Lake. Her father, Dan Kleve, owns Lake Bowl; and her moher, Julie, and sister, McCall volunteer in the community of Howard Lake often.
Kleve will be plunging in memory of Austin Carpenter, deceased son of Jeff and Katie Carpenter, of Howard Lake, as she has done for the past few years, she said.
Every year, Kleve makes a goal to raise more than the previous year, and has met her goal each time.
Currently, Kleve has raised about $400 for her plunge, and her pledge goal is $425.
To pledge for Kleve, follow the link at www.heraldjournal.com.
Dean Smith will be plunging for a second year. He began plunging with a group of three co-workers from Server Worlds in Plymouth.
“It’s a great cause and it’s fun,” Smith commented. “And it is always a very interesting time.”
Smith lives in Howard Lake with his wife, Kelly, and their four daughters Emma, 15; Megan, 13; Karlee Jo, 6; and Kahlan, 4.
Currently, Smith has raised $335 toward his goal of $400.
To pledge for Smith, follow the link at www.heraldjournal.com.
Philip Entinger is plunging for a second year, and is part of a group with Smith.
“I began plunging because it’s for a good cause, as well as the challenge to dip into frigid cold water and test the strength of my body,” Entinger stated.
Entinger works at Server Worlds in Plymouth. He lives in Howard Lake with his wife, Vicky, and two daughters, Sommer, 11; and Natalie, 8.
Entinger has raised $200 in pledges, which is his goal for this plunge.
To pledge for Entinger, follow the link at www.heraldjournal.com.
The Minnesota polar bear plunges are part of a year-round fundraising program called Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises money for Special Olympics athletes.
There are 16 plunges that take place January through March, regardless of weather conditions.
The first plunge was at Como Lake in 1998, which makes this the 17th year of plunges.
This year, there are 13,798 plungers currently registered, who have raised a total of $1,889,298.
Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $75 to plunge each event.
During the registration process, participants are provided with the option to receive free posters, brochures, table tents, or other icons to advertise their plunge.