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Polar plunge set to make a splash in Perham this weekend

'Santa's elves' take the plunge into Little Pine Lake at a past Freezin' for a Reason fundraiser in Perham. Perham Focus File Photo

Jump into some fun in Perham this Saturday with the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge.

This year's annual event, a fundraiser for the local Kinship mentoring program, will begin at 1 p.m. at Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake. Watch groups of jumpers brace themselves before taking the big leap into the cold lake, or sign up to be a part of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the jumpers with the best costumes.

An on-ice bean bag tournament will follow the plunge, starting at 2 p.m. Kinship's director, Jill Shipman, said she's hoping to set a Guinness world record for the biggest bean bag tournament ever held on ice. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three ranking teams. The cost to participate is $30 per team; teams consist of two people.

Registration forms are available online at (follow the “forms” link). Registration for the jump starts at noon. Pledge sheets are available by emailing

Zorbaz will start their party specials at 11 a.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to watch the plunge from the warm comfort of an indoor window seat, or to win other prizes including $1,000 cash, an iPad, a snow blower and more.

For more information, call 346-7102.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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