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Enjoy safe, happy Fourth of July

Many of us view the Fourth of July holiday as the dividing line of summer that means fall will be approaching much sooner that we would like to see or admit.

That may be the case, but the best way to stave off that feeling is to remember to enjoy the moment.

Many will be doing just that a week from today at traditional fourth of July celebrations with family and friends, barbecuing, visiting, playing games, and when dusk rolls around, either enjoying professionally orchestrated firework displays or the homegrown variety, all relaxing in the great out door nestled in favorite lawn chairs.

Another great alternative will be to head on out to Bonanzaville which will be the site of a U.S. Independence day celebration, allowing visitors to experience the region's history with family and friends, complete with local food vendors Broadway Dogs and Pat's Treats.

There will also be train rides, scavenger hunts, and free American flags while visitors tour the pioneer village which will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There is an admission charge for the daylong event: $10 for adult, $5 for children (6-16), and children under 5 are free. Discounts will be available for military members and seniors citizens. For more information you can visit their website at:

On a side safety note, there will be a lot more motorists out on the road due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Statistics just released show that North Dakota is heading for another year of record traffic crash fatalities. According to the Department of Transportation, as of June 17, there have been fifty-seven deaths as the result of motor vehicle crashes.

Topping it off, twenty-nine of those deaths involved the use of alcohol and thirty-four of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

So then message remains the same, buckle up every time and don't drink and drive.

Two simple requests that go a long way in ensuring a safer holiday celebration.