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Saturday was a pleasant morning and the water not as cold as expected as 142 participants plunged into the North Platte River for the annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.

When the announcement came afterward, the ninth annual Polar Plunge had raised its second highest total — an estimated $34,130. That was only a few hundred less than Lincoln, a city nine times as large.

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Star-Herald Publisher Rich Macke got doused for a good cause … the Special Olympics. 

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As a kid, it can be difficult to fit in and for students with disabilities, it can be even harder. When it comes to Unified Bowling, everybody has a place.

“Unified Bowling is an NSAA sports team that is linked with Special Olympics Nebraska,” Scottsbluff coach Maggie Anderson said. “It is a Baker-style bowling team where three individuals make up one team.”

Baker-style bowling puts emphasis on the team’s score, rather than the individual players. Each team consists of a student with a disability, and two who are not disabled.

Wheels hit the road this Saturday as the Michael Cox Memorial Ride for Special Olympics heads out on a trip into Wyoming and back.

Steve Eich, one of the event organizers, said the event is in honor of Michael Cox, who was a friend to everyone he met.

Now in its fifth year, the ride raises funds for the local Special Olympics chapter. On-site registration begins Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Union Bar in Gering. Kickstands are up at 10:30 a.m.

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A low hanging cloud hung over the Scotts Bluff National Monument Monday afternoon, the temperature held at about 40 degrees as about 30 runners ran out onto the highway, turned east and headed into Gering.

The runners weren’t running for personal glory, instead they ran in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to draw awareness to Special Olympics. It was one of many similar runs held across the state.

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A low hanging cloud hung over the Scotts Bluff National Monument Monday afternoon, the temperature held at about 40 degrees as about 30 runners ran out onto the highway, turned east and headed into Gering.

The runners weren’t running for personal glory, instead they ran in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to draw awareness to Special Olympics. It was one of many similar runs held across the state.

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Ninety-three brave souls jump into the frigid North Platte River on Saturday to raise more than $20,000 for Special Olympics Nebraska.

Some teams have jumped into the river all eight years of the event, but there was a new team this year with 12 members. The Crazy Chefs were sponsored by UCT and North West Pipe Fitting and the entire group were anxious to jump into the icy water.

Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Chris Baer and fellow troopers are tossing out ideas for costumes — not for Halloween, but the upcoming Polar Plunge.

Baer has been among troopers braving the icy waters of the North Platte River each year to take a dip for the annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 23.

“We haven’t decided on a theme,” Baer said, noting that the Nebraska State Patrol often comes up with some good, fun costumes for the event. “We’ve got some ideas floating around.”

The event serves as a fundraiser for the local Special Olympics team.

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Area supermen and superwomen are being encouraged to come out to the Western Nebraska Regional Airport on Saturday to pull a plane for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Nebraska and the local committee including regional law enforcement organizations, are participating in Airport Appreciation Day with a chance to pull a plane and support Special Olympics Nebraska.

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