Get to know your neighbors Aug. 7

National Night Out, Night to Unite events planned in Maple Grove, Osseo

The cities of Maple Grove and Osseo police department’s will host National Night Out and Night to Unite events Tuesday, Aug. 7. The following information is what is going on each of the cities.



The city of Maple Grove will host another National Night Out event.

The day’s events begin with a free BBQ lunch and emergency equipment show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. This event is sponsored by the Maple Grove Police and Fire Departments.

Block parties will take place that evening throughout the city.

In 2011, Maple Grove placed third in the nation for our National Night Out campaign. The city is hoping to rank even higher this year.

National Night Out is a great time to have fun and fight crime. Getting to know neighbors is an important tool in reducing crime in Maple Grove. The Maple Grove Police Department said, “By paying attention to the people and things in your surroundings, you are more capable of picking out what doesn’t belong. Suspicious activity will stand out and you can relay that information to the police by calling 911. The more you know about your neighborhood, the more you can do to keep it safe.”

Check out the city’s website at and look under police for more information.



The Osseo Police Department is hosting events as part of the Fourth Annual Night to Unite. Events kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota/Iowa, and local law enforcement agencies, Night to Unite will celebrate and strengthen neighborhood and community partnerships.

Night to Unite is designed to get to know one another in your neighborhoods. It builds neighborhood involvement by bringing police, fire and citizens together and brings awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts.

Officer Mortinson of the Osseo Police Department said, ”A safe community starts with its citizens and is reinforced by its police department. Without the citizens help a large part of crimes would go un-noticed. They make the difference!”

Last year, Osseo had a total of nine registered parties. All were unique, ranging from ice cream socials and barbeques to one party having a live band to provide entertainment.

If anyone is interested in coordinating a party, registration forms can be picked up at the Osseo Police Department or at Osseo City Hall. Also feel free to go to the City of Osseo website at, go to Departments, click on Police Services and find Minnesota Night to Unite on the right side menu. There people will find a registration form that can be filled out and returned to the Osseo Police Department by Thursday, Aug. 2.

People can also contact Officer Mortinson at 763-424-5444 or by sending an e-mail to