Photo: Chests and drawers

Kathy Plonka photo

January 2, 2013 - Updated: 7:29 a.m.

Fixture of the new year: Plungers dash out of the chilly waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday during the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach. The unofficial event, begun in 1979 by two Coeur d’Alene high school students, has grown to more than 1,000 people crowding the beach to swim or to watch.

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