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Community policing events Aug. 6

Sgt. Dan Kruchowski and his K-9 partner Oakley will give a demonstration Tuesday night. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

By Sarah Smith

Two events in community policing will take place next Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and communities throughout the state, including Park Rapids and Akeley, will celebrate the 5th annual Night to Unite.

Akeley and other communities call Aug. 6 National Night Out.

Throughout the country, the event seeks to bring law enforcement and the public together to celebrate and strengthen neighborhood/ policing partnerships, to prevent crime.

Night to Unite is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota/ Iowa and local law enforcement communities.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department’s event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot.

Jail caterer A’viands hosts a bar-be-cue dinner from 5 to 7.

The department’s K-9 officer, Oakley, will give a demonstration with handler Sgt. Dan Kruchowski.

Participants will meet local deputies, boat and water patrol, SWAT, Command Center, ATV and snowmobile units, the Sheriff’s Posse and Explorer Post members. There will be a child ID station and dunk tank for the K-9 Unit.

In Akeley, the event runs -from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paul’s Patio. This event also includes free food, chips, ice cream and beverages.

Kids in Akeley will have chances to win a Kindle Fire, iPods and Bunyan Bucks, redeemable at local merchants.

Other games and prizes will be offered.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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