Up, up and away

Balloons provide thrills


September 22, 2023

Jana Peterson

A second annual hot-air balloon gathering drew a crowd at Black Bear Casino Resort this past weekend. Lines formed for tethered and free rides on Friday and Saturday.

Riding in a balloon over rural Carlton County was amazing, said Superior's Meghan Edwards, one of the lucky ones who got to fly away from Black Bear Casino Resort in a giant hot air balloon Saturday. They landed in a neighborhood not far from Carlton's Chub Lake.

"It was very peaceful, very calming, there were a few trees that had changed colors already, so that was kind of neat," she said. It was also nice and warm, she added, thanks to the burner that heats the air inside the balloon, making it lighter than the cooler air on the outside.

While only a small number of folks got to actually fly...

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