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Posted: February 29, 2012 - 9:57pm

First Mille Lacs Polar Bear

Plunge set for March 10

Minnesota law officers will present the first Lake Mille Lacs Polar Bear Plunge for the benefit of Special Olympics Minnesota, by jumping into the icy waters of Lake Mille Lacs. This annual event supports more than 7,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes, as they train, compete and work together year-round, to grow as athletes and members of their communities.

Mille Lacs’ Plunge will begin at 1 p.m. March 10 at Eddy’s Lake Mille Lacs Resort. Check-in on the day of the plunge will take place at the Plunge site from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Plungers are encouraged to wear original, outrageous and silly costumes. Post-plunge, participants run directly from the freezing lake to heated changing tents, where they thaw out, warm up and lend support to fellow plungers.

Plungers and spectators are encouraged to use free shuttle buses as parking at the plunge site is limited. Buses will run between Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Eddy’s Lake Mille Lacs Resort.

The first Polar Bear Plunge took place in 1998 at Como Lake, in St. Paul. Now, in its 15th year of existence, the plunge has expanded to 16 locations across Minnesota. Although each plunger is only required to raise $75 to participate, the average plunger raised $192 in 2011.

Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

Community Outreach Days planned

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will host two “Community Outreach Days” in March. The first outreach event will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Sylvan Town Hall in Pillager and the second event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the Cass Lake Sheriff’s Office Substation/City Hall at 330 Second St., Cass Lake.

The public is invited to come and visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the staff about initiatives within the sheriff’s office. There also will be applications available for a permit to carry a firearm or purchase a firearm, alarm permit and event permit. Staff from Cass County’s health, human and veteran services will also be at city hall. The county’s portable “Take It To The Box” prescription drug disposal box also will be available, for those seeking to dispose of pharmaceuticals.

Relay for Life rummage and

bake sale planned Saturday

There will be a Relay for Life rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Town Hall, just east of the old State Hospital on Highway 18. This is a large multi-family sale with all proceeds benefitting American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. This event is hosted by Team Relayers of the Caribbean.

Spirit Airlines launches

service from Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Spirit Airlines said Wednesday it will begin service from the Twin Cities to Chicago and Las Vegas in May.

Metropolitan Airports Commission chairman Dan Boivin says Spirit’s low fare business model will provide a valuable alternative for cost-conscious travelers.

The airline says it plans to offer three daily flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Chicago O’Hare Airport and one to Las Vegas.

Spirit says it hopes to compete with Delta and other carriers by offering low base ticket prices, plus fees for the services travelers choose.