It was a cold day in 1945 at Mari Lake, about 20 kilometres north of Flin Flon, when two men out ice fishing made a curious find. When the anglers drew in their net, they found a balloon – not just any balloon, mind you, but a large, thick balloon. Unable to pile it into the back of a truck to take it into town, the men called RCMP and alerted them to the find. One of the fishers cut a piece of the fabric off with a knife. Scraps of the fabric were passed around the community.