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Published March 03, 2012, 06:50 PM

People Plunge for Special Olympics

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some brave folks in Grand Forks plunged into freezing cold water to raise money for a good cause. Proceeds will go to Special Olympics events across the state of North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some brave folks in Grand Forks plunged into freezing cold water to raise money for a good cause. Proceeds will go to Special Olympics events across the state of North Dakota.

"I am very cold, oh my goodness," said a plunger who had just gotten out of the water.

It was a mere 10 degrees outside when the first person took a plunge.

"This water is so cold," said a plunger.

"It was the coldest experience of my life," said Malika Carter, a plunger.

Some were so cold they were speechless.

"Yeah very very cold, gibberish," said a plunger.

For others, the cold water reminded them of why they're plunging.

"A lot of times people think that students don't care about things outside of school, its a great way to raise money and show that helping people out can be fun too," said a first time plunger, Westin Bowker.

More than 70 people plunged in support of the Special Olympics.

"It's a little colder than hawaiian water," said a plunger.

Many dressed from head to toe in costumes.

"I am Gene Roebuck of 1970, disco party time Gene," said Jim Fagerholt, who was fresh out of the water.

Unfortunately, his creative costume didn't protect him from the plunge.

"I just went into shock, I couldn't even talk when I got out," said Fagerholt.

But if you're too scared to do the plunge, there's someone here that's too chicken as well.

Although most folks weren't scared, and already have it marked on their calendar for next year.

"Really glad that I had a chance to be apart of it, because I think it's a little big life changing," said Carter.

"I'll definitely be coming back," said Bowker.

The plunge is expected to raise more than $20,000.

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