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Hubbard County Sheriff's Department to host Night to Unite Aug. 2

Everyone is invited to join the fun as the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department hosts the annual Night to Unite gathering from 5 to7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the parking lot of the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center in Park Rapids.

Each year the first Tuesday in August is set aside for communities and counties throughout the state of Minnesota as well as nationally to celebrate local partnerships in preventing crime.  

This is the third year that a free community dinner and celebration event has been hosted by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Cory Aukes will be on hand to meet residents and visitors along with every unit of the sheriff's office. They will be joined by other local public safety agencies, including the Sheriff's Mounted Posse, North Memorial Ambulance, Park Rapids Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, and fire departments from Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Lake George and Laporte.  

Many of these agencies will have vehicles and equipment on display for a hands-on or up-close viewing.  Sign-ups will be located throughout the event for chances to win door prizes at the end of the night.

The big highlight of the evening will be Deputy Dan Kruchowski introducing the newest member of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, his new K-9 partner Oakley, to the public.

Plans call for demos by Oakley throughout the Night to Unite event.  

The Hubbard County Explorers Post will again host a dunk tank to collect donations for K-9 program.  Many local "celebrity" volunteers will be taking turns in the tank, including Aukes and other members of the law enforcement community.

A special Child ID Station will be set up to provide a finger-print identification packet for every child in attendance.

Each child in attendance will also have an opportunity to register for a chance to win a bike and helmet in a special door prize drawing just for the kids.

     The free community BBQ dinner, sponsored by Aviand's Food & Services Management and Pepsi, will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.

Over 300 people attended this dinner in past years, making this a fun get together for all ages.  New this year will be the addition of live music throughout the event provided by Krista Norquist of Nevis, as well as some fun-and-friendly competitions sure to bring a laugh to all in attendance.

This free public event is possible in part due to local sponsors, including R&R Rental, Kountry Kare Septic, and Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round-Up.  Donations of door prizes are welcomed. Contact Deputy Jeff Stacey at 732-3331 for more details or to make a donation.