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Editorial: Neighbors come together

The stereotype about life in the suburbs is that people don’t know their neighbors. That they come home from work, pull into their garage and never give a second thought to the people who live even just a house away.

There might be some truth to that, but we have seen enough evidence over the years to know it’s far from universal. People in Farmington and Rosemount know their neighbors. They do things with their neighbors. And, when their neighbors need help, they’re there to lend a hand.

Over the years we have printed stories about neighbors coming together to build gigantic Christmas displays, or to raise money for someone in a time of need. Neighbors hold holiday parties together.

Just a few weeks ago a Rosemount police officer strapped himself to a fire truck and pulled it 100 feet to help one of his co-workers who had been diagnosed with cancer. And while that wasn’t strictly a neighborhood situation, it was still an example of residents helping each other out.

On Tuesday night Farmington and Rosemount held a formal celebration of neighborhood unity. It was called National Night Out in Farmington, Night to Unite in Rosemount. The underlying premise was the same in both places, though. Neighbors who know each other are more likely to look out for each other. They’re more likely to call police when something seems out of place.

It’s a sound theory, and we were happy to see several neighborhoods holding gatherings of one kind or another.

Community togetherness is alive and well in Farmington and Rosemount, but it’s always good to reinforce it.