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National Night Out is coming

Got any new neighbors you haven't met yet? If so, Tuesday evening might be the perfect time.

Aug. 3 is National Night Out in Farmington -- and all across the nation, for that matter. It's a night for residents to come on out of their homes, meet their neighbors, share a few goodies and get to know the folks in their neighborhoods.

Organized locally through the Farmington Police Department, National Night Out also gives residents the chance to meet some of the community's police officers as well as firefighters and other emergency personnel. Squads and fire trucks are brought out to neighborhoods around the city so kids young and old can come and check them out.

So far, about 25 Farmington neighborhoods have registered with the police department. Though the initial cut-off date for registration has passed, people who would like a police or firefighter visit can still contact the Farmington Police Department through Monday, Aug. 2 to sign up.

"They seem to be growing in numbers over the years," Farmington police sergeant Kevin Mincke said of the neighborhoods who ask for police and fire visitors. "We'll try to accommodate everyone."

Anyone interested in having Farmington's finest stop by Tuesday evening should contact the police department by calling 651-280-6700.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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