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Tickled pink: Freezin' For a Reason raises $15K for Kinship

Perham Family Dentistry’s “Flossing Flamingos” took second place in the team costume contest. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 1 / 6
Jerry Huebsch took third place in the small-team costume contest with his “old man’s back.” Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS2 / 6
Kenny and Kim Nelson took second place in the small-team costume contest as Perham’s own Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompa duo. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 3 / 6
These “Nicely Baked” Zorbaz employees took first place in the small-team costume contest. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 4 / 6
Kyle VanDyke, a.k.a. 'Ron Burgundy,' Darla Guehna, Jen Hendrickson and Faith Wokasch made up the WKIDS plunge team from Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 5 / 6
Miss Perham Maren Anderson (left) and her sister, Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen Lourdes Anderson (right) made the jump together. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 6 / 6

It was literally a screaming-good Saturday for Perham’s Kinship program as more than 75 community members took a mid-winter dip in Little Pine Lake.

For the fifth year in a row, people from the Perham area stepped up to the edge of the ice to take a chilly plunge for a good cause.

The day’s events collected more than $15,000 for Perham’s Kinship program, according to director Jill Shipman.

“Attendance was actually up, which was surprising because of the cold,” said Shipman.

Twenty-three teams ended up in the water this year.

The youngest jumper of the day was 10-year-old Brodie Cariveau, who made the plunge with his dad, Ross, and uncle, Mitch Bratteli.

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