It was a nice night to get out and celebrate National Night Out and Night To Unite that took place on Tuesday, Aug. 4. It was a night to get to know your neighbors and law enforcements and let criminals know that crime will not be tolerated. Our neighbors are keeping an eye on the neighborhood.

In Owatonna, Night to Unite included 30 parties, which is about average. Each party was visited by members of the police and fire departments.

National Night Out was held for the first time in Owatonna in Central Park. They served up hot dogs. The K-9 unit was there, and other police officers were there to talk to and ask questions. Mayor Tom Kuntz also stopped by.

In Ellendale, a National Night Out event also was held for the first time in the City Park.

The fire department had four trucks out to see, including the ladder and the small water truck. Doors were all open to check out the equipment and they were there to answer any questions.

Steele County Sheriff deputies also were there so they could answer any questions and they gave badge stickers to the kids. The car doors were open so you could see inside without being in trouble.

Ellendale EMTs were on hand to show what an ambulance looked like inside. It was labeled so neatly. They started to give away glove balloons, which was a success.

Council members were giving away root beer floats and the kids were given stickers and pencils.

It was a pleasant night and the parks had plenty of shade to make for a comfortable night. A successful Night to Unite and National Night Out.