They’ll throw caution to the wind, and leap into Lake Orono

Dusty Bredlow

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
Come Feb. 12, a number of people will throw caution to the wind and leap into Lake Orono.
It’s all part of the Shiver Plunge, which is one of the events during the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce’s Shiver Elk River celebration.
One of the jumpers will be Dusty Bredlow, a business banker at The Bank of Elk River. He may add a little pizzazz to his jump.
“I’m fired up for it,” he said. “I might pull out a cannonball or a can opener.”
Bredlow said he had no trouble recruiting a team of four from the bank to do the Shiver Plunge to raise money for the CAER food shelf. Joining him in jumping into the lake will be John Babcock, bank president and CEO; Kevin Strobel, manager of the bank’s Zimmerman office; and Michelle Thatcher, loan analyst. Fund raising is under way.
The team’s attire for the plunge will include the bank’s yellow tie-dyed “Power to the People” T-shirts.
While Bredlow is anticipating that the jump will be really cold, he also thinks it won’t be that bad. Plus, he’s looking forward to warming up in a hot tub that will be lakeside for people who make the plunge.

People may still sign up to participate in the Shiver Plunge. Participants raise money for the charity of their choice. For details, go to or call the chamber at 763-441-3110.

John Babcock
Kevin Strobel
Michelle Thatcher

Other ‘Shiver’ events
While the Shiver Plunge will be at Lake Orono, most of the Shiver Elk River events will be at Elk River’s Lions Park. Among the attractions will be a chili contest featuring local restaurants, dogsledding demonstrations and snow golf. There also will be Ice Break 2011, a contest where people can pick the time of day that a car on Lake Orono will sink through the ice on the day the ice goes out.
For more information about Shiver Elk River, go to

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