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File Photo: Attired in a bridal gown, one of the participants (above) jumps toward the ice cold water during Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge at the Okoboji Winter Games. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Okoboji Winter Games to jolt people out of winter doldrums

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OKOBOJI, Iowa -- Where can you go to compete in an outdoor broomball tournament, watch crazy people plunge into a frigid lake, sample from hundreds of pieces of chocolate, play in a chess tournament and take part in a snowball drop?


The answer is the 31st annual Okoboji Winter Games, which kicks off Friday with events planned in Okoboji and Spirit Lake through Sunday.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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