By Tim Kowols
Two hundred people ignored pleas from the Door County Emergency Services and record low temperatures to line the Lakeside Park beach for the 32nd annual Jacksonport Polar Bear Club Swim Monday. While the water temperature hovered just above freezing, an air temperature of 1 degree and a wind chill of between -15 and -20 caused Door County Emergency Services Deputy Director Aaron LeClair to discourage swimmers from going in and to make it quick if they decided to take the plunge. Kaden Vaneperen participated in his 2nd swim, saying the fun and exhilaration of last year brought him back.
After the swim, Allison Meyer of Green Bay says she was happy to ignore her initial reservations about participating for a ninth time.
Revelers in Jacksonport were not the only ones starting the New Year with a jump into frigid waters. Similar events were also held in Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee.