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Editorial: Deep Freeze Dip warms hearts

(Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

When planning for the Deep Freeze Dip for Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight began two weeks ago, organizers were hoping the fundraiser would net about $5,000.

Talk about meeting a goal.

Area residents demonstrated remarkable generosity, giving more than $40,000 and making the quickly organized event a remarkable success. Roughly 40 jumpers braved the ice-cold waters of Lake Okabena, and a large throng turned out on a dreary and slushy Saturday afternoon to celebrate the bravery of those folks -- and of the World War II veterans who were the focal point of the effort.

The coordinators of the event, including Chad Cummings and Matt Widboom of US104 and members of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce (who also crowned an inaugural Worthington Snow Queen Saturday, and plan to expand on Saturday's Winter Festival next year), deserve credit and praise for their roles in an event that will long be remembered by many.

The real praise, of course, goes to everyone that gave money to the cause. Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight will allow World War II vets to travel to Washington, D.C., and visit the World War II memorial -- a worthy gift we can all help give them. After all, they fought to give us the gift of freedom.