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The Enthusiasts: The balloonist
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Balloonists enjoy flying close enough to the ground to engage in conversation with those watching them fly by. (MPR photo/Dan Gunderson)

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — Flying a hot air balloon can be a time consuming and expensive hobby. The colorful balloons cost tens of thousands of dollars. You can only fly when the weather is good, and you go where the wind takes you. But for a Fargo attorney it's an avocation that's allowed him to meet interesting people around the world. John Boulger has floated on the wind more than 900 times.

Select the audio link to listen to Dan Gunderson's interview with Boulger, and view images of his flight.

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