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Plunges and pucks: Brrrmidji Plunge to coincide with Hockey Day Minnesota

BEMIDJI -- People are planning to cut another hole in the ice covering Lake Bemidji this month. However, this one won’t be for ice fishing.

Instead, for the 16th year, bold volunteers will be jumping in the cold waters for the annual Brrrmidji Plunge. The event, organized by the Bemidji Jaycees, has attracted both locals as well as people from across the country and world to plunge in Lake Bemidji, with all of the proceeds going to help the community.

This year, the event is scheduled to take place on Jan. 19 on Lake Bemidji’s South Shore, coinciding with the Hockey Day Minnesota event.

Hockey Day Minnesota is an annual event coordinated through the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North that celebrates hockey in a different community every year through outdoor games.

When the plunging is over, the Bemidji Jaycees have announced their intention to donate the proceeds to Northwoods Habitat for Humanity and the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

In 2017, the Jaycees donated $2,100 to the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter, and the Bemidji Community Food Shelf with proceeds.

In 2016, the Jaycees made a $5,024.02 donation to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office for Project Lifesaver, a search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies. Figures for 2018 were not available.

Registration and check-in for individuals and teams will be located in a warming tent on the ice and is open from 10 to 11:45 a.m., with the plunge starting at noon. Registration is $50 and includes a T-shirt.

Registration costs with additional incentives include:

  • A beanie hat for $75.
  • A long sleeve T-shirt for $150.
  • A sweatshirt for $300.
  • All incentives for $500.
Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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