If your heart starts beating a little bit faster when you see them, maybe you've already noticed a new balloon joining the cast of regulars in the skies over Rochester. The beautiful red, white and blue Liberty Belle is piloted by Mike Lesmeister from Lesmeister Balloon Company. (The Belle replaces Mike's previous ride - the Roscoe's balloon.)

But there is something more to it. Mike has started the Liberty Belle Project, which will fund hot air balloon flights for area veterans. COOL! So, the next time you see the Liberty Belle go floating by, give them a wave and remember; they can hear almost everything you say... even from WAAAAY up there.

**If you'd like to support them send donations in any amount to: The Liberty Belle Project, P.O. Box 9307, Rochester MN, 55903.