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Polar Plunge, Ian Leonard recognized on US House floor

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Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota) requested one minute of time on the U.S. House floor Friday morning to recognize the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, and our own super-plunger Ian Leonard.

Watch the video from C-SPAN at http://cs.pn/1d1J28D

REP. PAULSEN'S ADDRESS

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to celebrate the cold winter in Minnesota by getting together with hundreds of others and jumping through a hole in the ice into a freezing lake. While some may think many Minnesotans consider this normal recreational activity in the winter, it actually was to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

The Polar Plunge, which takes place throughout Minnesota and other areas of the country all winter long, raises millions of dollars for the Special Olympics programs. This important funding allows more 7,200 Special Olympics athletes in Minnesota to grow and thrive through a variety of competition.

I want to thank our state's law enforcement for organizing the plunges, Channel 9's Ian Leonard for giving his selfless time and energy to support this cause and these events, to all those who pledged their support for the participants, and of course those who are crazy enough to jump in the middle of the winter through a hole in the ice.

Mr. Speaker, I want to offer and congratulate the support for the Special Olympics – an organization that is truly life-changing for its participants and their families.

FREEZIN' FOR A REASON

VIEW PHOTOS of the 2014 Polar Plunges for Special Olympics Minnesota at http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/24696634/photos-2014-polar-plunge

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