The annual Night to Unite event to strengthen neighborhood bonds and communication with the Owatonna Police Department is Tuesday August 4.


The Owatonna Police Department has numerous planning suggestions for those who would like to host a block party during this annual event. Visit the Night to Unite information page on the city's website.

The night serves as an occasion for neighbors to get to know each other. It also heightens crime and drug prevention awareness as police members will visit registered parties for a question and answer session. The night also enhances neighborhood spirit.

It can be as simple or as involved as you and your neighbors want to make it. Some block parties organize potluck meals while others may do ice cream socials or root beer floats. If there are going to be kids present, plan some activities like sidewalk chalk, a bike parade, water balloons or a bean bag toss. It's a good idea to have a rain plan too. Find more ideas on the planning packet.

Prepare invitations to let everyone know the time and other details. Some parties have collected school supplies in the past. And remember to register with the Owatonna Police Department.


Some young listeners participate in the radio remotes during the 2014 Night to Unite in Owatonna. Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media