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Marc Provencher, left, a University of North Dakota senior in atmospheric sciences, and Brandon Bigelbach, a atmospheric sciences masters degree student, release a weather balloon Wednesday on the UND campus.

UND students deploy balloons to gather data

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GRAND FORKS -- A crowd of University of North Dakota graduate students shielded their eyes Wednesday morning as they watched a weather balloon soar high into the sunshine on its way to an anticipated landing about 100 miles away somewhere in Minnesota.

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Brandon Bigelbach, a graduate student who set up the launch, said they're not going to chase it down later.

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