National Night Out Kicks Off Across the Northland

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Northland communities came together on Tuesday to stamp out crime while having fun. It's all part of the National Night Out aimed at curbing crime across the country.

Across the nation and the Northland, people took to the streets to put an end to community crime.

"The neighbors that made this possible the volunteers that made this possible should take great pride in what we're celebrating today," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness kicked off the 30th annual National Night Out at the Emerald Community Garden in Lincoln Park where dozens gathered with Duluth Police to kick neighborhood crime to the curb.

"It's a real opportunity for the police department to build those relationships, then if they need us or they see crime in their community, they are not going to be afraid to pick up the phone and give us a call because they've had that relationship," said Lt. Leigh Wright, Duluth Police Department.

Lincoln Park resident Deb Eagle says their neighborhood gathering comes at just the right time.

"Everybody had abandoned Lincoln Park and now it's definitely having a feeling of people are interested, people care, people have a lot more pride and energy," said resident Deb Eagle.

Part of that new energy comes in the form of a new community garden which played an important role in today's event by bringing the community closer together through the gift of gardening.

'When we create places like community gardens, it provides a lot of community pride and it makes neighborhoods, better, safer, more fantastic places to live," said Cheryl Skafte, City of Duluth.

And everyone in this community agrees they hope their neighborhood and garden will grow and thrive for years to come.

The Lincoln Park National Night Out was one of fifty other block parties held across Duluth to raise awareness on community crime.

In 2012, more than 15,000 communities across the country celebrated the event.

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Jeremy Brickley