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Polar Plunge, radar runs set for Saturday in Blackduck

Supporters of Blackduck Summer Baseball organization will be taking a dip in Blackduck Lake this Saturday, Feb. 8.

The third annual Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge will begin at 10 a.m. and will coincide with snowmobile radar runs, which will begin shortly after the plunge.

Funds raised at the event will benefit ongoing renovations at the baseball field in Blackduck.

Until three years ago, the baseball field hadn’t had any upgrades since it was built in 1982. All that is left to finish now are renovations to one section of the outfield and two more backstops are needed.

“We won’t be able to do them all, but depending on what we raise, we’ll try to do at least one of those three,” said Tami Nendick, event organizer and board member for Blackduck Summer Baseball.

For the past two years, the Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge was held in conjunction with the fishing derby put on by the Blackduck Fire Department, which is usually held on the last weekend in January.

That event was canceled this year so the plunge was moved into February to be held with the radar runs.

“We kind of hopped into their event just so we have more people out there and it’s a little bit more community-oriented,” Nendick said.

Being that the event was moved from its usual date did have a downfall. The number of participants shrunk from last year because the event conflicts with Bemidji’s Polar Plunge and youth basketball tournaments being held at the high school.

“They’re all good things but it kind of cuts into who’s available,” Nendick said of volunteers.

Last year, the event raised roughly $7,500 and had 19 people jump into the frozen lake. “Because of the conflict, we won’t raise that this year,” Nendick said.

For this year’s plunge, the event had eight participants officially signed up on Tuesday.

Registration will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday and the jumping will begin at 10 a.m. Food booths and vendors will be available.

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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