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Local Communities Ready For National Night Out

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 at 6:18 am

nnoNeighborhoods across East Central Minnesota are celebrating National Night Out Tuesday evening.  The effort is to promote community togetherness and police-community partnerships for safer neighborhoods.

Betty Griffin of the Woodpecker Ridge area is hosting an event.  She thinks National Night Out is an exciting way to meet neighbors and bring the community closer.

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This is the second year Pine City is participating in National Night Out.  Last year, over 37-million people took part in the effort nationwide.

Pine City Planner Nathan Johnson said the event came to Pine City as a result of requests from city residents.  He adds, the primary goal of the event is to stand up against crime in the community.

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Johnson says local participation was limited last year for National Night Out in Pine City, but is expecting a greater turnout this year.  He says residents are hosting all types of events, from movie nights to cookouts.

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Griffin is planning on hosting a block party style event in her backyard.  She is expecting as many as 14-people to make an appearance.

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Similar events are taking place in Chengwatana Township, Rush City, and North Branch.

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