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New Year's splash: 1,000 expected for Lake Minnetonka Ice Dive

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About 1,000 people are expected to ring in 2014 next week by jumping into Lake Minnetonka, The Associated Press reports.

Participants will dive into a hole cut into the ice New Year's Day as part of the Active Life and Running Club's (ALARC) 24th annual Ice Dive at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior.

Organizers will use chainsaws to cut a 36 feet by 8 feet hole in the ice for the event.

Funds raised at the Ice Dive will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project's Ride 2 Recovery program, which helps rehabilitate injured military veterans through cycling.

The Minnetonka Patch has more details.

ALARC said last year's Ice Dive attracted 775 divers. FOX 9 said the air temperature was below zero for the event, but the temperature in the water was 31 degrees.

The 2014 event promises to be a little bit warmer. According to WCCO, the forecast for New Year's Day calls for a high of 5 degrees with snow.


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