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The initial idea was to host a competition between the city and county, Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said. Instead the groups decided to have fun and collaborate.
“Together, we’re going to engage in shared suffering and build camaraderie as a local government,” Wilson said.
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Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller joked he prepared for the event by going ice fishing a couple weeks ago.
“It’s county employees and city employees just doing something fun together and celebrating our successes,” Bodenmiller said.
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Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said he has plenty of experience in the cold. He completed cold weather training while serving in the U.S. Marines and has visited Korea in the winter. But he said his jump into the lake Thursday still took his breath away.
“It was exhilarating to say the least,” Graf said. “It’s definitely cold out there.”