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New Richmond to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday

It’s time to get to know your neighbor over hot dogs and beverages.

The City of New Richmond is hosting its first community-wide National Night Out event at Mary Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“A big piece of National Night Out is getting to know your community,” said City Administrator Mike Darrow.

“You don’t want to miss this — it will be just awesome,” said Alderwoman Scottie Ard, who helped organize activities. She said interest is building, and organizers are actively promoting the event by word of mouth.

According to its website, National Night Out was established by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 as “an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

The organization claims that National Night Out now involves 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities in the U.S., Canada and military bases around the world.

According to a letter dated July 21 and signed by Mayor Fred Horne and all six members of the City Council, the local event, which is themed “Know Your Neighbor-hood,” will feature free hot dogs and beverages while they last courtesy of Family Fresh Market.

According to the letter, “... it’s an opportunity to meet and greet not only your neighbors, your block and your community; it’s also an opportunity to learn how to safeguard and protect yourself, family and property.”

Personnel from the following organizations will be on hand to show off displays, answer questions and provide demonstrations:

— New Richmond Fire & Rescue

— New Richmond Area Ambulance Service

— New Richmond Police Department

— New Richmond Police Department Citizens Academy

— St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

— St. Croix Valley American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness

— Friday Memorial Library

— Dog Park Committee

According to the letter, the Dog Park Committee will team up with the police department to offer a free dog walker awareness program to help neighborhoods stay vigilant.

In addition to Tuesday’s event, the New Richmond Public Safety Committee has organized a poster contest for children ages 5-18. Entrants must be residents of the City of New Richmond.

The theme for the poster contest is “Safe City.” The poster must incorporate “New Richmond National Night Out” in the design, and the poster should reflect elements that make a neighborhood or city safe.

Entries can be submitted at the Friday Memorial Library until Aug. 1. One overall winning poster will be used as the official New Richmond National Night Out poster.

For more information about Tuesday’s event, visit

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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