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Night to Unite was a blast for hundreds, young and old

BY Sarah smith

Community policing took center stage in Park Rapids Tuesday night.

And, not to be left out, in Akeley, too.

Hundreds of people turned out to see their law officers, firefighters, First Responders and other life savers at Night to Unite. And to dine. And mingle.

There were thank you wishes and tokens of appreciation from the crowds.

And there was a lot of gee whiz stuff that impressed visitors.

Law enforcement people have the coolest toys!

One hundred turned out in Akeley, and more than 500 in Heartland Park, to meet their protectors, swap stories, get free law enforcement advice, to voice the occasional complaint, but mostly to mingle.

In Akeley, Chief Jimmy Hansen and volunteers gave away freebies and free advice.

In Park Rapids, Sheriff Cory Aukes took one for the team, getting bitten by K-9 Oakley in a practice demonstration.

Park Rapids’ own boy band, Incredibly Real, entertained.

Shiny fire trucks were ready for tours or little ones grabbing the controls, but it was the medical helicopters that attracted the crowds.

Sanford Hospital and North Memorial Air Care helicopters both landed in Heartland Park.

Sarah Smith

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

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