May 28, 2007

Planning begins for NNO event

Cokato’s second annual National Night Out is set for Tues. Aug. 7

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Save the date for Cokato’s second annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 7, when Cokato neighborhoods get together to prevent drugs and crime.

National Night Out is a nationwide event in its 24th year, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Last year, more than 34 million people participated in the night out against crime across the US.

This year’s plans have begun andy 11 Cokato neighborhoods have already signed up for the event. Last year, there were two neighborhoods that participated for the event’s first year.

“Despite last year’s rain, and it being the event’s first year, the turnout was good for the participating neighborhoods,” said Sue Keskey, event coordinator.

The police advisory commission is organizing the event and arranging safety teams including the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, MEADA, Wright Hennepin Electric, and the Cokato Fire and Rescue.

The event, for most neighborhoods, will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a barbecue, youth games, and a visit by one or more of the safety teams.

The objective of the event is to get acquainted with neighbors and create a safer community, according to Keskey.

“We are really looking forward to this,” Keskey said.

Neighborhoods already signed up for the night out include, Prairie Ave. Park, Swanson Ave., Mooers Ave. Park, Klarsyn, Borg Road and Linden Ave., Peterson Park, Fieldcrest, Brooks Lake Road, Eshton Estates, Trailstone, and Second Street.

“This is far beyond our expectations,” said Don Levens, Cokato city administrator. “There is a lot of enthusiasm this year,” he said.

The commission is also providing prizes, plates, and other supplies for the event. Flyers will be given to each neighborhood leader to be handed out to the residents invited to its block party.

“We have some volunteers for each neighborhood, but we are looking for more to help,” Keskey said.

“I’m pleasantly surprised at the number of neighborhoods already signed up. It shows people care about their community,” Keskey said.

Make plans for NNO

If there are other neighborhoods interested in participating in this year’s event, or people wanting to help within their own neighborhood, please contact Cokato City Hall at (320) 286-5505.

Any businesses that would like to sponsor a neighborhood or take part in the event are welcome to contact city hall.

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