A united front: Public officials visit Night to Unite, National Night Out block parties

Public safety and city officials immersed themselves in the community Tuesday, Aug. 1, during the nation’s Night to Unite block parties. Residents of Champlin and Dayton had the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about issues affecting their communities — whether it be related to community events, politics, city budget or public safety. Here, Champlin Police Officer Dan Irish jumps in a bouncy house with local youth. (Photo by Skip Hassman)

Dayton Firefighters also participated in the Night to Unite block parties. Here, a Dayton Firefighter demonstrates the use of a fire hose. 
Maple Grove Police Eric Werner and fellow officer man the grill during the National Night Out kick off event Aug. 1. Free food, activities, emergency vehicle displays and more were part of the event. (Photo by Alicia Miller) Champlin Officer Dan Irish greets little ones at area block parties during Night to Unite Tuesday, Aug. 1. (Photo by Skip Hassman)
Members of the Osseo Police and Fire Departments attend Night to Unite parties on Aug. 1. Here, an Osseo firefighter plays some outdoor ball hockey with a kid at a party. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Schultz) Kiddos lined up to have their turn sitting in a Dayton Firetruck Tuesday, Aug. 1, during Night to Unite.
Champlin Police Chief Ty Schmidt meets with area residents to discuss public safety issues Tuesday, Aug. 1. (Photo by Megan Hopps)
Aspiring law enforcement officer Johnny is excited to meet Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner. Johnny proudly introduced himself and told the chief that he wants to be a police officer. (Photo courtesy of the Maple Grove Police Department) Konnor Kvaas, 5, of Osseo wears Osseo firefighter Drew’s gear. The Osseo Fire Department stopped by this Night to Unite party in the alley between Third and Fourth Avenue N.E. and Second and Third Street. Champlin Mayor Ryan Karasek and Police Chief Ty Schmidt met with residents to discuss city council and public safety issues in the city during the nation’s Night to Unite events. (Photo by Megan Hopps) Kids check out an ambulance that was on display the Maple Grove National Night Out kick off event. (Photo by Alicia Miller) There was even a place for kids to get a beautiful work of art painted their face on Aug. 1. (Photo by Alicia Miller)
Osseo residents check out one of the Osseo Fire Trucks during Night to Unite. (Photo courtesy of the Osseo Police Department)
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Aspiring law enforcement officer Johnny is excited to meet Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner. Johnny proudly introduced himself and told the chief that he wants to be a police officer. (Photo courtesy of the Maple Grove Police Department)