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Taking the plunge: More than 150 people start 2024 with Padden Polar Dip

New Year's Day tradition brings community together with cold shock, lots of joy

Crowds of Padden Polar Dip participants dash into the cold water as many wait their turn.
Padden Polar Dip participants dash into the cold water of Lake Padden at noon on Monday, Jan. 1 in Bellingham. (Isaac Stone Simonelli/Cascadia Daily News)
By Isaac Stone Simonelli Enterprise/Investigations Reporter
When the clock struck noon, more than 150 people dashed into Lake Padden’s cold waters for Bel
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