With the month of July comes Independence Day and many people turn their thoughts towards the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. For many people the first real taste of freedom, with all the benefits and responsibilities it brings, comes when they get their driver's license. The ability to come and go when and where we choose is easily taken for granted.
This time of year many people find themselves itching to hit the open road and explore the world whether the journey takes them across the country or simply around the corner. If your travel budget is limited this year, why not consider taking a "staycation?" Fort Dodge and Webster County have some fun things to see and do and you won't have to spend much for gas to get there! Our feature story has a variety of ideas to get you started.
Robert Wolf caught up with Clark Root who is passionate about giving back to the community. Root volunteers in a number of ways through a variety of organizations around Fort Dodge. His story may inspire you to jump in and get involved.
Vicki Nelson volunteers at Epworth United Methodist in a variety of capacities. Her main emphasis of work is with the youth program at the church, a story Robert Wolf shares with us this month.
Rebecca McBride went to Iowa Central Community College with a career path in mind and soon discovered, as many new college students do, that she wanted to take a different route. Amanda Helmick is filling in for Bill McIntyre over the summer months and brings McBride's story in to focus in this month's ICCC Student Spotlight.
Summer is an active season for a lot of folks. Dean Kirschenmann and the health experts at Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, LLC offer some advice for avoiding common sports injuries. When you're ready for a break, Fort Dodge Today has some items designed to transform your backyard living space into an oasis. In the Culinary Corner, Sandy Mickelson went to visit with the fire fighters at the Fort Dodge Fire Department who treated her to some stories involving both successes and failures in the firehouse kitchen. Don't miss the fun or the recipes!
Grab a book at the library to enjoy this month and be sure to check out the calenderthere are a lot of special events in July from concerts to dragon boat races. Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!
p.s. When you're out enjoying the summer, be sure to take your camera with you. This year Fall Fest (early September) will once again feature a photo contest so get out there and capture some great images along with memories!