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"It was fantastic, refreshing, invigorating and, indeed, life-affirming," said second-time Polar Plunge jumper Ian Heriot. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

'Go jump in a lake:' Polar Plunge big draw at winter celebration

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With temperatures above zero, it was a balmy afternoon for Bemidji's annual Brrrrmidji Polar Daze festival compared to years past -- or even the past week.

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Highlighted by the Jaycees Polar Plunge, the celebration this year also featured an ice-fishing contest and build-your-own sled derby contest for children. (A planned broomball tournament was canceled.)

With the temperature at just about 10 degrees, it was at least 15 degrees warmer than last year.

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