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Mark Welch of Sartell and MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph take the "Polar Plunge" together to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Munden’s team tops goal for Special Oympics

by Dennis Dalman

MaryBeth Munden was a bit disappointed she didn’t meet her goal, but she’s still happy her ice-cold lake plunge raised $1,285 for Special Olympics Minnesota. Her goal this year was $1,500.

Her team, however, did in fact collectively raise more than the goal – a total of $1,665.

Recently, Munden and her team took the “Polar Bear Plunge” at a lake in Eden Prairie. The event was one of 16 held throughout Minnesota as part of the annual “Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota.”

Munden is the dispatcher for the St. Joseph Police Department. She also works at the El Paso Bar and Grill and Kay’s Kitchen, both in St. Joseph. In her scarce spare time, she also sells Avon products.

Munden has become an intrepid polar plunger, year after year. Her team this year was named “Mary, Mark and the Rest of the Family.” The team was comprised of Munden, her boyfriend Mark Welch of Sartell, Welch’s younger sister Grace and Grace’s boyfriend, Blake. Altogether, the team members earned the $1,665 amount.

It’s not too late to donate money to Special Olympics Minnesota. Checks can be made out to “Special Olympics Minnesota” in care of MaryBeth Munden, P.O. Box 546, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Contributors can also stop at the St. Joseph Police Department and drop off a check there. Department hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To donate online, go to

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Mark Welch of Sartell and MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph take the “Polar Plunge” together to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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The “Polar Plunge” team known as “Mary, Mark and the Rest of the Family” get together for a photo at Eden Prairie the day of their icy plunge into a lake. The team raised $1,655 in pledges for Special Olympics Minnesota. From left to right are Mark Welch of Sartell, MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph; Mark’s sister, Grace, and her boyfriend, Blake.


Dennis Dalman

Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.
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