THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Polar Plunge, Skippy the horse and sledding at Stephens Lake Park

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 5:28 p.m. CST; updated 2:53 p.m. CST, Monday, February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — This week Missourian photographers captured images of polar plunges, a solo cyclist riding the Katy Trail, Columbia residents facing the elements and more. 

Gayla Paulermo, one of the two members of the group called The Frozen Freaks, gets into the frigid water at Stephens Lake during Saturday's Polar Plunge in this photo by Sarah Rothberg.

In this photo by Daniel Roe, cyclist Eddie Naeger heats water for a cup of coffee over a wood burning stove. Naeger spent Tuesday night in the cabin, Club Med Fly, during his solo cycle down the Katy Trail.

Eight-year-old Tehya Ross sleds at Stephens Lake Park during Tuesday's snow in this photo by Sarah Rothberg. Columbia received 6.5 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, shutting down MU and other colleges along with Columbia Public Schools.

In this photo, photographer Alex Scott captures Brad Holt, owner of Tiger Barber Shop, shoveling the sidewalk along Ninth Street during Tuesday's snowstorm.

Employees of Veterans United Home Loans complete tasks and talk to co-workers during their workday on Nov. 6 in this photo by Fareeha Amir. The company now employs 1,500 people in 20 states, with 1,100 of those employees based in Columbia.

Sara Linde Patel takes a horse named Skippy out for exercise in the snow at Stephens Equestrian Center in this photo by Sarah Rothberg. The Center worked last week to prepare the horses for the winter chill.

MU associate professor James Van Dyke specializes in teaching and researching 20th century German painting and politics. He is shown surrounded by sculptural art in this photo by Sarah Rothberg. He is part of a large group of scholars concerned with "questions of restitution and looting." Van Dyke also shed light on Missouri's "Monuments Men" connections.

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