Video: Brave souls jump into Lake Michigan

By Warren Bluhm

Nearly two dozen people ran into frigid Lake Michigan on Sunday afternoon, New Year’s Day 2017, at Father Marquette Memorial Park in Kewaunee.

The bonfire was prepared early for the nearly two dozen brave souls who were about to take the plunge to celebrate the turning of the year.

Kewaunee Fire and Rescue was on hand ahead of time to clear the ice and stand by in case anyone needed medical help, the latter turning out not to be necessary.

Janita Zimmerman says the park is a great place for a polar plunge.

“We do this just because it wakes you up for the day,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a great start to the new year, and what better way than to jump into Lake Michigan so you can mark it off your bucket list?”

Zimmerman actually wasn’t taking the plunge this year – she’s done it several times before and has promised to do it again in 2018 for a relative’s 40th birthday.

Brad Doperalski and his daughter Kira did give it a try.

“I’ve lived in Kewaunee almost all my life and never did it before and said, ‘Hey, me and Kira are gonna do it,” he said.

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