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The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: mmilbrandt@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265

Celebrate Fiesta

We can be very glad we are in the hands of God as we move through the final days of spring 2018. We all sweated the late spring and how that would play out on the crops getting started - all that work and how it would look - late and wet. Now it’s all up and looking pretty good. Lawn’s green. Fields orderly and very good looking. We got to see it from a Cessna Skyhawk at the Air Show 2018. We took a flyover and it all looked very good, orderly, and lush. God has truly blessed us in this area for many years. How could we disparage that we are not the chosen people too.

  We do have so much to celebrate. The good earth, the rich soil, the agricultural prosperity. We all enjoy and pray that will keep us and sustain us out in forgotten areas of Minnesota. We now will have a vet’s home out here too. Four to six more years of struggle, but we’ve already been through 11 years - “Let’s stitch to it.” We will celebrate our 73 years of Fiesta and sistership with Montevideo, Uruguay.

  We hope all are having a good finish to spring and soon a summer of green and glory. Bless us every one. Thank you.

—Dave Swenson

Montevideo

Living with a mental health condition

If you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in five American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, one in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or long-term recurring major depression.

  As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment, or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they will tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition.

  Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

  Remember, there is always hope.

—Mark Jacobson

Winona