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Swimmers plunge into 2020

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    From left to right: Amanda Calkins, Nichole Rooch, Robin Metcalf, Stella Brittain, Shelley Buchman and Virginia Angermiller were some of the first to take the plunge on Saturday morning.
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    Maya and Emmett King jump into the pool, encouraged by friends and parents.

On the first Saturday of the year, dozens of people celebrated the beginning of 2020 by braving the chilly waters of Morris Memorial Pool. This year, at least 36 people participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge, tripling the attendance from last year. The temperature in Elgin at 9:51 a.m., right before the Polar Bear Plunge began, was 54 degrees, according to

Photos by Julianne Hodges