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Night to Unite event is Tuesday at Pioneer Village

WORTHINGTON -- The weather outside may be frightfully hot, but don't let that stop anyone from attending the Night to Unite event Tuesday evening at Pioneer Village.

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WORTHINGTON -- The weather outside may be frightfully hot, but don’t let that stop anyone from attending the Night to Unite event Tuesday evening at Pioneer Village.

The annual event, hosted on the first Tuesday of August across the nation, provides citizens and public safety personnel the opportunity to join together to give crime, drugs and violence a going-away party.

“Neighbors Joining Together,” is the theme of Night to Unite. This is a concept which Det. Brandon Peil, who is heading up this year’s celebration, supports.

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“It’s is a great way for the community to come out and visit with other people of Worthington and the police department,” Peil said. “They can meet new police officers, climb on fire trucks and emergency response units, and look at police department vehicles.”

While they’re at it, the entire family can eat for free from a menu of pork patties, chips, pop and water.

There will be K9 demonstrations throughout the evening. In addition, Joyce Jacobs, director of Nobles County Emergency Management, will discuss Nixle, a phone app that provides alerts via text message of any important emergency information from local police and fire departments. This could include, but is not limited to, severe weather alerts, criminal activity in the area or missing persons.

Organizations with displays include Southwest Crisis Center, Worthington Fire Department, Sanford Ambulance and the Law Enforcement Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

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Entertainment includes a bouncy house, face painting by Southwest Crisis Center, door prizes for kids and adults (children’s bicycles, helmets, yard games and more), free reflectors and DJ Barry Roberts.

Children’s ID Kits will also be available. The kits are informational packets that parents fill out for each of their children. Packets include a medical questionnaire, space for fingerprints, a photo and any other pertinent information regarding their children that could be then used by emergency responders in case of future need.

Night to Unite is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Fareway Foods, DJ Barry Roberts, Daily Globe, W-2 Meats, RadioWorks, JBS and the Worthington Police Department.

Night to Unite is free and open to the public and will take place at Pioneer Village in Worthington from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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