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Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff The Douglas County Advisory Council on Mental Health organized a balloon release last Thursday at Alexandria City Park. The goal was to boost awareness of Mental Health Month.

Mental illness message travels far and wide - More than 85 miles in fact!

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"Mental illness is a treatable brain disease."

That's the message the Douglas County Advisory Council on Adult Mental Health wanted to spread far and wide Thursday.

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The effort worked.

Tucked inside a balloon, the message soared high into the air and drifted southeast, over trees, hilltops, homes and businesses before finally settling down on a quiet dairy farm near Howard Lake, about 86 miles away as the crow flies.

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