Local youth takes the ‘Plunge’ for Special Olympics

Plunge jumpMilaca youngster Ellie Hartung took the Polar Bear Plunge challenge Saturday, March 10 at Mille Lacs Lake with her mom, Nikki, raising $1,035 for Special Olympics Minnesota.

With a goal of $750, Ellie easily surpassed that in raising funds for the organization.

It was a chilly experience, but Ellie and her mom were able to warm up in a hot tub shortly after entering the icy waters.

For more photos, see the Thursday, March 21 print edition of the Times.