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Spokane Valley Balloon Ends Up 1,400 Miles East

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

What once was lost is now found. A local mother says she lost an East Valley High School balloon at an event. It sounds like no big deal but then, a man she didn't know posted a message on Facebook. It reads in part, "I found this balloon in my yard and I live in Minnesota."

Looking at a map, it's almost 1,400 miles away from East Valley High School to Owatonna, Minnesota!

East Valley High School, home of the Knights carries their green and white pride. "Very proud. They do a lot of good for the community," said Rachel Giachetti.

Giachetti is so involved with the school, she's actually the booster club president. She helps at events and brings specific East Valley High School balloons each time. Back in September, her husband by accident let go of a balloon during a junior cheer event and lost it.  "It was really windy and he lost it," said Giachetti.  

However, weeks later, out on a farm in Minnesota, Cole Racek found something unusual. "I saw a green thing on the ground. Like what the heck is that? So I went out there and it said East Valley High School on it and I'm curious because I've never heard of it. So I Googled it and it said Spokane, Washington and I was like, never heard of that either," said Racek.

He posted his news to Facebook on the East Valley School District page where Giachetti quickly found her missing balloon. "I was like, where? Minnesota? We lost that weeks ago," she said.

They both think it's crazy that this could come full circle. "It's actually in good shape. There's helium, still a little bit in here. I still got it," said Racek, showing the balloon.

Giachetti says she's actually sending Racek's family gear from East Valley High School so they can wear it.

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