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Nite to Unite hidden medallion clues start today

WORTHINGTON -- The second annual Nite to Unite "Find the Stolen Property" medallion hunt begins today, with the first clue on page A1 of the Daily Globe.

Subsequent clues will be found on the front page of the Daily Globe until the medallion is found.

The master sleuth who solves the clues and finds the medallion will win $100, which is sponsored by Travel Express.

The winners of the medallion hunt will be announced during the Nite to Unite event Tuesday night at Pioneer Village.

Nite to Unite, formerly known as National Night Out, is an annual event that gives citizens the opportunity to meet in a crime prevention effort.

All over the country, neighbors meet neighbors and learn about how police and sheriff's departments work, and what they can do to help keep their neighborhoods a safer place.

The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

Nite to Unite is free and open to the public.

According to Worthington Police Officer Kirk Schelhaas, there will be plenty to keep both children and adults busy at the event, which begins at 5 p.m.

"We'll have a pork loin dinner with chips and pop," he said. "Sanford Medical Clinic and the Worthington Fire Department will be there, and the Southwest Crisis Center will have activities for the kids."

Worthington Public Safety Director Mike Cumiskey will give a brief talk about the police department and local crime statistics, and the Nobles County Sheriff's Office boat and water units will be in attendance, as will the Emergency Response Unit.

"We really want to showcase some of out emergency response units and give people a chance to see what we have and what we can do," Schelhaas stated.

The Worthington Police K-9 Units will also give a few demonstrations, showing the guests how their units work as a canine/officer team to apprehend bad guys and find lost people.

"I think the K-9 units have a few things planned, and maybe a surprise or two up their sleeves," Schelhaas said. "They won't even tell me what they're up to this year."

There will also be a variety of door prizes, including gift certificates and prizes from a number of area businesses.

Schelhaas encouraged people of all ages to attend the event and learn a little bit more about how people can combat crime and be aware of what is going on in their neighborhoods.

The event, he said, is also a way for the police department to thank the public for their support.

"If we stay organized as a community and a police department," he added, "we can let criminals know we are not going to put up with them."

The "Find the Stolen Property" medallion can be found on public property, not too high up and not buried. If someone finds the medallion, please contact the law enforcement center at 372-2136.