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St. Paul Park's National Night Out wins ninth

St. Paul Park's National Night Out celebration won 9th place in the under-15,000 population category, according to a press release from the National Association of Town Watch.

The celebration, Aug. 4, at Heritage Park, included displays and demonstrations by the city's fire, police and public works departments, as well as the quick response unit from Marathon Petroleum Co. Nearly 700 visitors took part and enjoyed free hot dogs and beverages provided by the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club.

Criteria for the awards include community participation and law enforcement involvement. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness about crime prevention and emergency response units in the community.