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Savanna Drees, 11, closes her eyes as she leaps into the water during the Polar Plunge in 2010 in the Canad Inn parking lot. The participants raised money for the North Dakota Special Olympics. Drees and her friend Sheyenne Paul raised $75. Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

Jumping into frigid waters new risky trend for teens

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FARGO – It used to be an insult to tell someone to go jump in a lake.

Now, it's apparently a challenge to have fun, often with a hook requiring a donation to charity.


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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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