The City of Sartell is participating in National Night out on Tuesday, August 3rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It's a great way to get to know the people in your neighborhood.

Residents are encouraged to get their neighborhoods together for a fun celebration. It's an annual event organized in partnership with local police departments to promote public safety and neighborhood camaraderie. The hope is to create a safer community.

According to a Facebook post from the Sartell Police Department, "Residents of Sartell are encouraged to turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outdoors, visiting with neighbors and public safety officials!"

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Some neighborhoods organize fun activities and community potlucks. When I was a kid I loved National Night Out. My neighborhood would block off  a section of the road and host a huge potluck in the middle of the street. I thought it was the coolest thing ever that I got to walk in the road by myself!

We'd always have someone from the police department stop out to our neighborhood, sometimes with a police dog, and give kids tours of their squad car. It was neat! The police department even let my brother try out their handcuffs. He was 4 at the time and still remembers it to this day.

If you'd like to participate, you can register your neighborhood with Sartell's police clerk, Amber Molitor. Her email is amber.molitor@sartellmn.com. You can also reach her by phone at 320-258-7353.

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