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Polar Bear Plunge has origins farther North

The Polar Bear Plunge has brought an icy jolt to the new year for 40 years in Coeur d’Alene, but the real deal farther north is celebrating its centennial.

Polar Bear Plunge draws big crowds despite 25-degree weather

Veterans of Coeur d’Alene’s annual Polar Bear Plunge were in agreement about one thing: We were in for a colder-than-average year. The forecast called for a not-exactly balmy high of 25 degrees at Sanders Beach, forcing me to take notes using a pencil after the ink in my pen froze.

Huckleberries: Take the candy to the bathroom, go directly to jail

There aren’t many candy bars out there worth a misdemeanor shoplifting citation, let alone a felony charge. Maybe a Snickers. Or a giant peanut butter cup. But not much else. Which makes Huckleberries wonder about the 72-cent candy bar from Post Falls Super 1 that landed a woman back in the county jug last week. According to Post Falls police, the woman gobbled the candy bar in the store bathroom and then paid for other items before leaving the store. When she was nailed by store security for stealing the candy bar, she lied about her name. Why? She told security that she had been released from jail that morning – and had been warned by a judge that she would be charged with a felony next time she was caught stealing. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Bikini weather?

Polar Bear Plunge 2013

This is an aerial view, courtesy of a radio-controlled helicopter and tiny camera, of the annual Polar Bear Plunge which takes place on Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene every New Year's Day

The Polar Bear Plunge…Why?

Every January 1st, hundreds trek down to Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene to take part in a tradition called the Polar Bear Plunge. Although this year there were vendors selling t-shirts and other trinkets, the event is still informally organized and has not sign-ups or registration. Just come, strip down to swimwear and jump in to welcome the new year. But question still remains, why do they do it?

Hundreds take plunge in chilly Lake Coeur d’Alene

It’s an annual event for the brave, weak of mind or strong of drink. The Polar Bear Plunge can even combine all of those factors as hundreds gathered at Coeur d’Alene’s Sanders Beach for a frigid dunking to begin the new year.

Swimmers keep their cool

After 30 years of winter swims in the frigid waters of Idaho and Montana, "Polar Bear" Rick Klin swears he doesn't get cold shivers or goose bumps. He beat everyone into the water at Coeur d'Alene's Sanders Beach on Tuesday, diving in moments before the official Polar Bear Plunge countdown was complete.