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Over $16,00 raised by dippers;

January 22, 2014

   Greg Wede, husband of Teresa (Kramer) Wede, took the plunge during the Deep Freeze Dip held at Lake Okabena on Sunday. 
 Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Greg Wede, husband of Teresa (Kramer) Wede, took the plunge during the Deep Freeze Dip held at Lake Okabena on Sunday.
   Chad Cummings climbs out of the frigid water after his winter wonderland dip in the lake. 
 Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Fulda Free Press Carol Schreiber
Chad Cummings climbs out of the frigid water after his winter wonderland dip in the lake.
Annual Deep Freeze Dip held Sunday
Delayed by bad weather conditions on Saturday, the annual Deep Freeze Dip was held at Lake Okabena in Worthington on Sunday afternoon, January 19. High winds and blowing snow caused the delay.

With this year’s funds going to the Wayne Klumper HEALS Fund, the dippers raised over $16,000 for local children’s recreation programs in Nobles County.

The sun shone brightly on Sunday, and warmer conditions prevailed, at least for the crowd of onlookers. All cheered the dippers who bravely jumped into the 34 degree waters of Lake Okabena. Each dipper was asked to raise $250. Many raised more than that to help benefit children in the area.

Many reasons were given for jumping, but the most common by far was for the children. As each jumper approached the hole in the ice, Coordinator and Emcee Chad Cummings quizzed them about their reasons for taking the Deep Freeze Dip.

When asked if he had ever done anything like that before, one dipper said “not sober.” Several dippers were first time dippers, but there were also many repeat dippers.

Jody Busch had planned to celebrate her 40th birthday with the dip on Saturday, with the weather postponement the dip was a day late. Her t-shirt read “Freezing Our Splashes Off,” and “mid-life crisis” on the back with her name. As she climbed from the lake, the crowd wished her happy birthday in song.

One dipper was visiting the area from Oklahoma. Following his jump, he indicated there was a good reason for living in Oklahoma, not Minnesota.

Several dippers were employees at JBS, and many others are involved with the YMCA programs.

Many of the dippers commented about the coldness of the water as they climbed from the lake, and many will again take the Deep Freeze Dip, raising funds at next year’s event.

The Wayne Klumper HEALS Fund was the recipient of the over $16,000 raised this year. All of the money raised is donated towards the designated program. Klumper had been injured in a motorcycle accident last year and since recovered. He had been involved with many youth programs in his position at the YMCA in Worthington.

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