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Relax, enjoy safe Labor Day weekend

It's unbelievable that summer is quickly falling by the wayside with the Labor Day holiday signaling one last extended weekend to savor with family and friends before the onset of fall and a more rigorous school-related schedule of activities for many.

We've really been fortunate to experience such a beautiful summer and Labor Day weekend is forecast to pack the same remarkable weather conditions.

On that note, make the most of the upcoming Labor Day gathering, as your well-deserved 'last hurrah' of summer before rolling in the docks at lake cottages and the onset of Monday night football and the other corresponding activities associated with the transition into cooler temperatures, shorter days, and everything else delegated to the fall season.

Labor Day traditionally is a weekend set aside to relax and have fun and that's what we would encourage everyone to aim for this weekend - all in a safe, responsible manner.

The message we have been hearing through various media campaigns and one that we are all aware of more than ever with the recent horrible tragedy involving the young, West Fargo family, is that drinking and driving don't mix.

National, state and local law enforcement officials have been driving that point home and will continue their ramped up program 'safe and sober' through the Labor Day weekend with an increased presence in an effort to deter impaired driving.

Statistics show that alcohol use and not wearing seat belts continue to be key factors in traffic related deaths.

So, in that regard it is important for everyone to approach whatever they do over the Labor Day weekend with a large dose of common sense which will go a long way in insuring and promoting safety.

Going back to the holiday itself, did you know that Labor Day started way back in 1882 as a day to honor the working men and women of this country by creating a special day off to basically relax.

For many, that will mean picnics and backyard get-togethers, or traveling to out-of-town destinations to savor time with family and friends - with all these activities viewed as the perfect and fitting conclusion to a summer that slipped by way too quickly.