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This web site is being designed to serve all balloonists in the state of Minnesota and provide a common forum as needed.

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MIDWEST BALLOON SERVICES
*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA
641-765-4770
EMail: HotAirRepair@aol.com


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 Caledonia Bluff and Vally Balloon Rally Minimize

CALEDONIA BLUFF AND VALLEY BALLOON RALLY
October 21-23, 2016



The Caledonia Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 4th annual October Rally in a big way, offering lottery ticket sales, plans for a 5K Walk/Run, an Amish farmer's market and a Treasure Hunt with a ballooning theme.

There will be two Caledonia Balloon Rallies again this year: the Bluff and Valley Balloon Rally on October 21, 22, 23 and the Caledonia Balloon Rally Classic on December 2, 3, 4. Both follow the basic format; the differences are Parade in December, school presentation in December. At this point the Committee is planning for 15 pilots in October and 10 in December.


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MIDWEST BALLOON SERVICES
*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA
641-765-4770
EMail: HotAirRepair@aol.com

As you all know, in Minnesota Hot Air Balloon Repair Stations are disappearing in the wind. In my 35+ years of having Annual Inspections done in Minnesota by some great individuals, I've watched each, one by one, retire and take down the shingle out front. I decided it was time to take a broader look at the available options. A few years ago at the National BFA Convention, when it was held in Des Moines, IA, I met Bill and Louise Clemons. We discussed doing annuals, but honestly I thought I'd never make the drive, about 5 hours to their shop in Truro, IA (1/2 hour South of Des Moines).

In the months that followed I asked the majority of balloon pilots I ran into if they could tell me something about "The Clemon's in Iowa". I heard stories about this inflator thing in the shop, "they actually inflated my envelope inside" or "you wouldn't believe the crud they got out of my burner, they even took a photo". The comment always heard, "They do a great job and good folks to work with!"

In the early months of 2015 I weathered a snow storm and headed to Truro, IA for my first annual inspection with Bill and Louise Clemons. I must admit my initial impression was a very positive one. Their shop is dedicated to Hot Air Balloons only, inspections and repairs. The floor was immaculate, spare parts locked in a storage area, webbing and generic accessories neatly organized on shelves, the work bench spotless, specialty tools hung in their dedicated space on the wall and sewing machines located close, but not in the way. In the corner there it was, an electric fan with a few custom attachments to facilitate the inflation of each envelope for a thorough internal inspection.

I was more impressed with the inspection process; each tank, cable, panel, instrument, burner, basket, batteries, paperwork, fire extinguishers, temp tabs, knots, connections, nothing was missed. The bushings on my burner frame were even upgraded. Nice to know your balloon leaves the shop in better condition than when it arrives.

As I write this I just had my second annual inspection done by Bill and Louise and I expect them to do mine for many years to come. They do the type of job you expect from the manufacturer. Thanks again!


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HUDSON HOT AIR AFFAIR
February 6-8, 2015

Celebrating the 26th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair. This year the upper winds, above 100 feet, were in the 15 to 20 knot range all weekend. Pilots and crew not to be discouraged inflated on the field Saturday morning to the entertainment of all in attendance. The moon glow on Saturday evening boasted the largest crowd ever. Late in the day several balloon basket and burners had been set up shooting flames high into the air. As crowds gathered the pilots took the opportunity to answer questions and talk about the sport of ballooning. As the sun set inflator fans began humming as 15 balloons started inflating for the moon glow. Even without the flights, the morning and evening inflations provided an opportunity to see the balloons up close. Many people enjoyed seeing the entire process from inflation to "packing up".

The Sunday morning flight was cancelled due to high winds aloft and freezing drizzle. Overall this year was a great success!

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GREAT PLAINS BALLOON RACE
August 20th, 2016
Kenny Anderson Park
Balloon Launches 6:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Balloon Glow 8:30 PM


August 21st, 2016
Kenny Anderson Park
Balloon Launches 6:30 AM

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