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Neighbors can celebrate togetherness Aug. 5

Crime happens, but by working together it can be prevented. That is the premise behind Night to Unite and the hope of area law enforcement agencies.

This year’s Night to Unite activities will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

The annual event, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and local law enforcement, encourages neighbors to meet one another and establish connections.

“We want to celebrate and strengthen communities,” said Beth Richtsmeier, a Rosemount police officer.

The way Night to Unite works is, individual neighborhoods organize their own parties. Richtsmeier said it can be as simple as hanging out in someone’s driveway or a more elaborate function with activities. The important part is getting together.

“It’s an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors,” said Richtsmeier.

Richtsmeier said the city averages 30 Night to Unite parties. She would like to see that number rise. Specifically, Richtsmeier hopes some of the new neighborhoods on the city’s east side will plan events.

Richtsmeier said in addition to holding Night to Unite events, the police department would like to see neighborhoods start Neighborhood Watch groups. The groups can help residents protect their areas from crime by being aware and looking out for one another.

Several organizations in the city will host events as part of the night’s efforts.

Community of Hope Church will host a block party that will include music, activities and refreshments.

The Rosemount Family Resource Center will host an event for the residents of the townhomes in the area.

To participate, Richtsmeier asks neighborhoods to register with the city. For the first time, residents can sign up online.

As part of Night to Unite, city council members, firefighters and police officers will visit each registered party. The delegations will collect back-to-school supplies including backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, folders, crayons, tissues and wipes.

Richtsmeier said the supplies will help kids whose families struggle to supply back-to-school basics.

For more information visit the city’s website at or email Beth.richtsmeier@

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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