Dozens plunge into icy Lake DeSmet on New Year's Day in tradition going back almost 30 years


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SHERIDAN, Wyoming — More than 90 people celebrated the new year by taking a quick dip in an ice-covered lake about 10 miles north of Buffalo.

The Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day is an annual tradition at Lake DeSmet going back almost 30 years.

The Sheridan Press reports ( organizers cut a 10-foot wide hole in the ice. Some people dove in while others did cannonballs to soak anybody standing nearby.

Why do it? Most people asked that just grinned and shrugged.

Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press,

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