Top Dog Challenge

Monday, February 4, 2013

Who will win the 2013 Top Dog Challenge at the Minnesota Polar Bear Plunge?

More than 450 people are expected to do the Minnesota Polar Bear Plunge into Pleasant Lake Feb. 16 to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Among them could be Diana Lawson, dean of St. Cloud State's Herberger Business School.

In 2012, 12,000 participants at 16 locations raised more than $2.8 million for Special Olympics Minnesota. The event, now in its 16th year, is managed by Minnesota law enforcement agencies. Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

The Pleasant Lake plungers include more than 40 St. Cloud State students and employees. They're engaged in a fundraising competition with University Minnesota-Duluth, called the Top Dog Challenge.

If St. Cloud State wins the Top Dog Challenge, Lawson has pledged to make the plunge herself.

Pleasant Lake is southwest of St. Cloud near the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Interstate 94. Participants, some dressed in outlandish clothing, will begin jumping into the water about 1 p.m. at the 400 Supper Club, on the lake's north shore.

Duluth won the 2012 Top Dog Challenge by raising $14,658. St. Cloud raised $11,987.

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