Hot air balloon stalls out over the St. Croix River

More than a dozen sightseers on a hot air balloon had to be "towed" to safety Saturday night. The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells KARE 11 the balloon stalled out because of a lack of wind. Officers were able to pull the balloon to the shore along the St. Croix River near Afton.
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More than a dozen sightseers on a hot air balloon had to be "towed" to safety Saturday night. The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells KARE 11 the balloon stalled out because of a lack of wind. Officers were able to pull the balloon to the shore along the St. Croix River near Afton.

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