• Taking The Plunge For Special Olympics

    CORRECTION:  We made an error in our story earlier today regarding last weekend’s Polar Plunge and we’d like to correct it.  The 2017 Special Olympics Watertown South Dakota Polar Plunge went off without a hitch and with nice weather as well.  It was held at Stokes Thomas City Park Saturday afternoon and raised thousands of dollars from businesses, students, athletes and other individuals.  The dollars will be used to fund Special Olympics.  The donations provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  We had reported earlier that a 17,000 dollar donation came from Representative Noem whereas the students and staff at the cooperative were actually the source of that large donation.  It was our error and we apologize.  Representative Noem was asked by the cooperative to represent all of the schools and students within the Northeast Education Cooperative and she graciously agreed to take the plunge, says coop spokesperson Brian Jacobsen. He talked with KXLG news and you can hear his comments below.

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    This was the 8th Annual and featured a wide range of plungers including South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem.  Here is Kristi just after taking the plunge into the cool waters of Lake Kampeska.

    Polar Plunge 2017 pic 2 - kristi noem

    In 2016 140 Plungers raised over $54,374.74 for Special Olympics South Dakota and the Special Olympics Watertown and NESC local programs! Polar Plunge 2017 pic 1 - crowd