It's that time of year again–our annual "Man" issue! Of course we celebrate the men in our lives every day, but during June, we focus a little bit more on dear old Dad. Even if you're not a father, you're a valuable part of our community and we celebrate you!

Nick Hibbeler is a perfect example. As a high school student and testicular cancer survivor, he is poised to do great things both in the field of cancer awareness and on the field for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay soccer team. His early diagnosis was pivotal to his survival and he is devoted to making sure other men have the same chance. 

Roy Cheek has the kind of story that would inspire anyone and sounds like a John Wayne movie. After being shot down behind enemy lines, he spent 11 months MIA as the Dutch Underground worked to move him toward freedom during WWII. His courage and resourcefulness quite possibly saved his life. 

While the police department is certainly not a men's only club any more (thankfully!), our look at the KCPD North Patrol ATV unit is staffed by two men of character and integrity. As we walk our dogs, train for 5Ks and enjoy the natural surroundings of our park system, they are on patrol making sure that we can do so in a safe environment. 

I know that I'm blessed with great men in my life: a devoted husband, a talented and quirky father, and male friends that make me laugh. Let the men in your life know how much you appreciate them this month. And maybe even let that appreciation seep over into July!