The plunging zone is ready at Lake Kohlmier. Owatonna's first Special Olympics Polar Plunge event was Jan. 31.

About 150 people signed up to jump in at the first Special Olympics Polar Plunge event at Lake Kohlmier. The event began at 1 p.m., and all participants had taken their turns a little more than a half-hour later.

Members of the Steele County Sheriff's Office are ready to jump in at the first Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake Kohlmier. (Tamara Gruhot / TSM)
Cheif Mark Lee (left), Logan Busho and Bud Olson of the Ellendale Fire Department are ready to take their turn at the first Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Owatonna's Lake Kohlmier. (Tamara Gruhot / TSM)
Special Olympics athletes are introduced before the start of the first Polar Plunge event at Owatonna's Lake Kohlmier.
Team Chill Factor is (from left): Linda Matejcek, Nancy Levisay, Brianna Levisay, Roger Dahlhoff and Kris Dahlhoff. (Tamara Gruhot / TSM)