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Jo and Jim Brewer hold the red message balloon and artifacts they found Monday morning in their woods. The balloon was released after a Saturday wedding in central Nebraska and was carried by wind to rural Becida. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Balloon released at wedding finds its way across four states

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Balloon released at wedding finds its way across four states
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Jim Brewer has always loved the short fantasy film "The Red Balloon," a silent 1956 production in which a boy follows a red balloon into adventures.

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Jim said he never expected to re-enact an aspect of the story in his own woods southwest of Bemidji in Grant Valley Township.

On Monday morning, Jim and his wife, Jo, were taking their daily walk when they saw something red among the brush and trees.

"It's a forested area," he said. "You just sort of had to be there, or you wouldn't see it."

The balloon, which is about two feet in diameter, was attached to the ragged remains of a second balloon, a shining LED light glued to a wedding program, a quotation from 1 Corinthians 13 and an envelope addressed to Theodore Taylor of Thedford, Neb. Taylor had put a $1 bill in the envelope to cover postage.

The balloon was inscribed "Chet Miles Kovarik and Hannah Sigred Daly, 8-28-10, Congratulations."

According to the wedding program, the marriage took place in St. Anselm's Church in Anselmo, Neb.

"That's the closest Catholic church that would accommodate more than 50 people - we're 65 miles from everywhere," said Judy Taylor, after she recovered from her pleased surprise that someone found the balloon.

The balloons were released at the wedding reception and dance.

"I think for years people have turned balloons loose (at celebrations), but just to see them fly," said Jo Brewer.

She said she hadn't heard of balloons carrying a message and a return address.

Judy said they have released message balloons at maybe six weddings, but all the others simply disappeared.

"This is the first time we ever got one back," she said.

Judy said Thedford is exactly in the center of the Nebraska Sand Hills. According to Mapquest, the town is 719 miles from Bemidji and an 11-hour drive through northwestern Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, South Dakota and north central Nebraska.

As for their connection to the wedding couple, she said, their daughter was Hannah's nanny.

"We've always called her our granddaughter, even though there's no blood relation," Judy said.

Y mmiron@bemidjipioneer.com

Jim Brewer has always loved the short fantasy film "The Red Balloon," a silent 1956 production in which a boy follows a red balloon into adventures.

Jim said he never expected to re-enact an aspect of the story in his own woods southwest of Bemidji in Grant Valley Township.

On Monday morning, Jim and his wife, Jo, were taking their daily walk when they saw something red among the brush and trees.

"It's a forested area," he said. "You just sort of had to be there, or you wouldn't see it."

The balloon, which is about two feet in diameter, was attached to the ragged remains of a second balloon, a shining LED light glued to a wedding program, a quotation from 1 Corinthians 13 and an envelope addressed to Theodore Taylor of Thedford, Neb. Taylor had put a $1 bill in the envelope to cover postage.

The balloon was inscribed "Chet Miles Kovarik and Hannah Sigred Daly, 8-28-10, Congratulations."

According to the wedding program, the marriage took place in St. Anselm's Church in Anselmo, Neb.

"That's the closest Catholic church that would accommodate more than 50 people - we're 65 miles from everywhere," said Judy Taylor, after she recovered from her pleased surprise that someone found the balloon.

The balloons were released at the wedding reception and dance.

"I think for years people have turned balloons loose (at celebrations), but just to see them fly," said Jo Brewer.

She said she hadn't heard of balloons carrying a message and a return address.

Judy said they have released message balloons at maybe six weddings, but all the others simply disappeared.

"This is the first time we ever got one back," she said.

Judy said Thedford is exactly in the center of the Nebraska Sand Hills. According to Mapquest, the town is 719 miles from Bemidji and an 11-hour drive through northwestern Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, South Dakota and north central Nebraska.

As for their connection to the wedding couple, she said, their daughter was Hannah's nanny.

"We've always called her our granddaughter, even though there's no blood relation," Judy said.

mmiron@bemidjipioneer.com

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