Shiver Elk River: Frolicking in the frigid weather, water

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by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

People jumped into Lake Orono to raise money for charity, raced through a 5K obstacle course, crafted snow sculptures and went bowling on the icy surface of the lake.

The Bank to Basements “Jamaica” team won first place in the Shiver Plunge costume contest. Left to right are David Vinje, Mike Leiner and Dusty Bredlow.

The Bank to Basements “Jamaica” team won first place in the Shiver Plunge costume contest. Left to right are David Vinje, Mike Leiner and Dusty Bredlow.

Those were just some of the events at Shiver Elk River, the annual community “chill-a-bration” held Saturday at Orono Park.

“Shiver Elk River is not only a lot of fun, but a great way for the community to rally together and support their individual causes. We are looking forward to seeing the event continue to grow by adding more activities and helping the community to raise more for local charities,” said Debbi Rydberg, executive director of the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, which spearheaded Shiver.

Ninety-five people leaped into the icy lake during the Shiver Plunge, which raised more than $14,000 for 19 area organizations and nonprofits. One of those who took the plunge was Megan McHenry, who launched into the lake for the third year in a row.

“It has certainly been a rush each time,” she said. “Standing on that little wooden platform before jumping in always gets my heart racing. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as you’d think when you actually hit the water. Instead of worrying about how cold I am, all I can think about is getting out of the lake as fast as I can.”

She jumped with her friends Anna Carlson and Trevor Meland. They raised $795 for Heifer International, which is a program that delivers livestock animals to developing countries.

Kole Spiczka ice bowled on Lake Orono during Shiver Elk River.

Kole Spiczka ice bowled on Lake Orono during Shiver Elk River.

Winners of the Shiver Plunge costume contest were:

–First:  The Bank to Basements — Jamaica.

–Second: No Place Like Home — “Wizard of Oz.”

–Third: First National Bank — Heavenly Plungers.

New to the celebration this year was the Shiver Dash — a 5K obstacle run that began and ended at the lake and featured 10 challenges throughout the course.

John Kallemeyn

John Kallemeyn

The dash attracted nearly 50 participants. John Kallemeyn was the winner, followed by Jacob Wernersbach in second place.

Kallemeyn said the run was a lot of fun. He especially liked the moguls that were part of the course.

Shiver Elk River also featured food and beverages available for purchase from the Elk River Lions as well as outdoor games and activities, including a snow sculpture contest that produced five masterpieces. Many competitors also enjoyed snow golf and ice bowling on frozen Lake Orono, Rydberg said.

Kole Spiczka was one of the bowlers.

“It was actually really fun,” he said.

An outdoor hockey tournament was held in conjunction with Shiver Elk River. It began Friday, Feb. 7, and continued into Saturday at the Handke Pit. Eight locally sponsored teams played in the tournament, Rydberg said. The Action Plastics team skated away with the trophy as champions.

Heidi Loomis of the First National Bank Heavenly Plungers waited to jump in the lake. The team placed third in the Shiver Plungers costume contest.

Heidi Loomis of the First National Bank Heavenly Plungers waited to jump in the lake. The team placed third in the Shiver Plungers costume contest.

Shiver Plunge participants

Jenn Adams, Ruth Akre, Alyssa Akre, Cody Anderson, Jennie Bauer, Jason Bergeland, David Berglund, Leah Berry, Jared Berry, Alexandre Blanck, Dusty Bredlow, Aaron Brixius, Jessica Brixius, Nicole Bruntmyer, Kyle Bruntmyer, Cole Burk, Anna Carlson, Jason Chitwood, Trent Collins, Amy Dahlheimer, Jeffrey Dahlman, Cory DeRosier, Mercedes DeRosier, Megan Dischinger, Wendy Doric, Brenda Draxton, Madison Fleming, Stacy Foster, Roberta Gerads, Jacqueline Gerrick, Audie Gutzwiller, Kelly Haas, Jessica Hackenmueller, Karina Hardie, Jess Hartfiel, Shayne Heath, Mark Hipsag, Gavin Hopping, Cliff Houle, Tanna Houlton, John Houlton, Bobby Hunt, Tony Jackson, Ryleigh Jaderston, Scott Jensen, Tamara Jentges, Alex Johnson, Jim Jones, Sue Jones, Mike Kelleher, Hannah Kelleher, Alyssa Kettner, Deb Koehler, Mike Leiner, Brianna Lick, Heidi Loomis, Marty Mably, Chris Maddox, Autumn Mattson, Megan McHenry, Trevor Meland, Carissa Midkiff, Ryan Moeser, Brian Nelson, Mark Nemerov, Brad Nylin, Matthew Nylin, Nick Nylin, Kelli O’Neil, Ron Ormberg, George Ostrom, Michele Palo, Gina Rasset, Samantha Rockstroh, John Rosner, Steve Rotz, Abigail Saterbak, Cory Schimmelman, Wilinda Smith, Marty Straw, Stacy Sulzynski, Liz Thorn, John Thurston, Carrie Tjosvold, Scott Trenholm, Milton Tuttle Jr., Taylor VanHoutan, David Vinje, Chad Vitzthum, Mike Wagner, Lauren Wagner, Jeremy David Watson, Joe Wessel, Brittany Wicklund and Kjerste Yothers.

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