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Plungers getting ready to jump in North Platte to help Special Olympics

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Some panhandle residents will brave the chilly North Platte River this weekend to raise money for a good cause.

The 2014 Panhandle Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, and this bone-chilling event invites participants to raise money for the Nebraska Special Olympics by plunging into the cold river.

Participants can raise money by collecting pledge donations from family and friends in exchange for braving the winter waters.

NEXT Young Professional President John Marshall says the NEXT group lead the fundraising campaign last year, and is in a tight battle this year with a team from Nebraska Trucking Company. 
 
"We're hoping to stay ahead of the competition but we also hope that the competition catches us," says Marshall.  "The more money earned, the better the situation."

Check-in for the panhandle Polar Plunge begins at 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA Trails West Camp.The event will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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