COMMUNITY FIRST: Crews cut ice for Menomonie Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round training and competition opportunities through 18 different Olympic-type sports for nearly 10,000 individuals with cognitive disabilities.  It holds 137 statewide competitions and five state tournaments per year.

TOWN OF TAINTER, Wis. (WEAU) -- Special Olympics Wisconsin is getting ready for a pair of winter fundraisers.

On Friday, crews cut a hole in 30 inches of ice on Tainter Lake to prepare for Menomonie Elk Point Polar Plunge. It took them about four hours. On Saturday, people and teams who have collected pledges to benefit Special Olympics will leap into the water at Elk Point Resort near Menomonie. WEAU 13 Sports Director Bob Gallaher will emcee the event. The money supports competition and training in sports for local athletes. More than 1,000 of the athletes are from the 18-county Indianhead Region.

The Eau Claire Polar Plunge is February 23 on Half Moon Lake.

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