Community comes together for Akeley Night Out

Families from Nevis and Akeley enjoyed free games, live music, food and a chance to visit with emergency personnel.

Kelsey Alguire chats with Akeley Police Chief Jimmy Hansen during National Night Out on Aug. 2, 2022 at the Akeley City Park. The annual event gives the community an opportunity to mingle with law enforcement personnel, fire fighters and ambulance crews.
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A sizable crowd turned out for National Night Out on Tuesday in the Akeley City Park.

Joe Ramirez helps Addison Ramirez select a prize after a round of Spin-a-Prize, supervised by volunteer Leonard DeWitt, during National Night Out on Aug. 2, 2022 in the Akeley City Park.
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Fire apparatus, a police squad vehicle and an ambulance lined the curb on the State Hwy. 34 side of the park, open for visitors to look at the equipment or even climb inside.

The concession stand served chips, hot dogs, pulled turkey sandwiches, lemonade and snow cones in a variety of flavors while classic rock cover band Paradigm provided entertainment. Meanwhile, kids played free lawn games ranging from plinko and spin-a-prize to three-pin bowling, drop-in, Coke bottle ring toss and target-shoots with footballs and baseballs.

“For National Night Out, we procure donations from people in the community,” said Kristi Kath, Akeley’s city clerk-treasurer. “Then we purchase all the prizes for the games” – as well as for prize drawings, including scooters, a tent game, a magnetic drawing board, Play-Doh building blocks and more.

“All these prizes are available because of our sponsors,” said Kath.


Besides fun and games, the annual event also gives community members a chance to get to know their local law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders.

The annual National Night Out, an effort to build relationships between neighbors and police, will kick off at the Paul Bunyan Patio in Akeley on Tuesday, Aug. 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with kids’ games, face painting and free snow cones.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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