During the Rice County Fair Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen told KDHL his department was hoping for more neighborhood parties during the community NIght to Unite event.  The day is here.

Faribault Mayor Kevin Voracek signed the proclamation for Night to Unite 2019 on July 23rd.  The proclamation said in part, "Now, Therefore, I Mayor Kevin F. Voracek do hereby call upon all citizens in Faribault to participate in Night to Unite on August 6th, 2019."

IN 2018 there were 16 neighborhood picnics in Faribault and the Rice County Sheriff's Office assisted with some in the county.  Chief Bohlen says everyone is invited to participate, saying, "Faribault's "Night to Unite" was developed to help restore a sense of unity, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and promote community dialogue and positive relations with the police department."

The Mayor's Proclamation stated, "WHEREAS Night to Unite is designed to get to know one another in your neighborhood, build neighborhood involvement by bringing police and communities together; and to bring awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts."

One of the biggest picnics is hosted in the parking lots of the Buckham Center with the library, Buckham West (Senior Center), Faribault Parks and Rec,  Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Faribault Main Street teaming together to have a family oriented get together.

There will be music, a bounce house, public safety vehicles and probably a visit or two from some K-9 Police.  FREE food is also featured and is always delicious.  Some elected officials are anticipated to attend.  There will be face painting also during the event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Kenyon there is a community picnic hosted by the City of Kenyon in the parking lot between the old ambulance building and the Public Utilities Building.

Chief Lee Sjolander tells KDHL there will be FREE hot dogs, tours of squad cars and other city equipment and some public safety information delivered from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

In Cannon Falls Chief Jeff McCormick notes 4 neighborhood parties registered and members of the Cannon Falls Police Department, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance will be visiting each of the parties between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.