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Communities Host Gatherings for National Night Out, Night to Unite

Updated: 08/05/2014 1:47 PM
Created: 08/04/2014 7:54 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

All across Minnesota, there will be gatherings for National Night Out on Tuesday.

The events are a chance for families to learn about public safety issues impacting their community. It’s also a way for everyone to get to know their neighbors and encourage crime prevention within their communities.

This year, Hennepin County is focusing on preventing the growing problem of heroin addiction by collecting expired or unused prescription medication. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the medications are a gateway to heroin use.

Minneapolis was one of the top cities in the nation in 2013, when it came to the number of registered National Night Out events. There were more than 1,450 registered events, according to the city.

Minneapolis and other cities hope National Night Out extends beyond just one night and continues throughout the entire year. Communities can spend the night enjoying each other’s company, as well as talking about the issues within the community and coming up plans to address those issues throughout the year.

Other communities are celebrating Night to Unite Tuesday. Cottage Grove police officers, firefighters, city council members and the mayor will spend the night visiting different neighborhoods to promote crime prevention.

In Eden Prairie, Night to Unite is a time for communities to not only celebrate their neighborhoods, but take the time to collect items for local food shelves. The neighborhood that collects the largest amount of items to donates will get an ice cream social from the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments.

Roseville also celebrates Night to Unite, formally known as National Night Out, to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are coming together to fight back against crime.

See what's happening in your community for National Night Out here.

Image: National Night Out/ Facebook

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