Jumping into icy water has become something of a New Year tradition for a select group of hardy souls. A hole is cut through the ice in about six and a half feet of water at Lake DeSmet each year for the Polar Plunge. For some it has become something like a right of passage.
Rob Forister not only helps organize the event but he also takes a dip each year.
Concerns of frostbite and hypothermia mean nothing to those who choose this method of starting the New Year. Safety crews and a warming hut were on hand in case of problems. Most screamed as the freezing water hit their skin and several even contemplated a second jump while the rest decided to wait for 2011 before taking another Polar Plunge.