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Night to unite registrations due

Cottage Grove neighborhoods are invited to plan block parties Aug. 3 as part of the second annual Night to Unite in Minnnesota. Sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota/Iowa and local law enforcement agencies, Night to Unite's goal is to celebrate and strengthen neighborhood and community partnerships. Night to Unite is designed to let neighbors get to know each other, build neighborhood involvement by bringing police and communities together and bring awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts.

"This is an opportunity for neighborhoods and communities to band together, enjoy a summer evening and get to know who belongs in their neighborhoods," said Minnesota Crime Prevention Association President Terry Thomton.

The Cottage Grove Police Department encourages neighborhoods to register their parties to insure a visit from either the police or fire department, city officials, K9 Blitz or McGruff the crime dog. The department will provide a box of supplies for each registered party as well as free helium balloons. Party planners are encouraged to participate in the food donation and "fill the backpack" campaigns. Kids can participate in a coloring contest sponsored by the city's parks and recreation department. The winner of the contest will get a free cake delivered to their Night to Unite party. Registration forms can be found online or at the police department. Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 27. Call or e-mail Community Affairs Officer Gail Griffith at (651) 458-6025 or with questions.