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The last hot air balloon at the 10th annual Medora Balloon Rally departs the lawn near the Badlands Motel on Saturday and soars above spectators, who clamor below to take photos and capture a final glimpse of the inflatable giant before it disappeared over the mountains.

Taking flight in Medora: 10th annual Balloon Rally meets ideal conditions for afternoon liftoff

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MEDORA -- A pristine blue sky hovering over the Badlands was dotted with every color of the rainbow as hot air balloons took off at Saturday's 10th annual Medora Balloon Rally.

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Strong upper atmospheric winds that had prevented an early morning takeoff from the Badlands Motel subsided by Saturday afternoon.

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