National Night Out Around The Northland

Thousands gathered around the Twin Ports for a night of celebration and collaboration with law enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands around the Northland gathered for a night of celebration and enjoying the community with those who protect them on a daily basis.

It was a party in the Northland as community members and law enforcement got to celebrate National Night Out.

August 6th, is nationally known for the annual event that promotes police-community partnership. The Village of Superior celebrated the night with those from the Douglas County Sheriff Office, and a 17-year old vet on the job we talked with says those in the area treat men and women in uniform different than most.

“Twelve of those years was down in a suburb of Milwaukee. I’m from this area so coming back home There’s a whole different level of respect up for law enforcement up here”, said Cory Fossum, Deputy Sheriff, Douglas County.

For those that are from the village, they say the respect level comes from how much they do for them on a daily basis.

“Just to see these individuals who give so much of their time away from their families doing good work, keeping our community safe, to see them out and have fun, interact with the kids, it just builds that relationship and camaraderie across the community”, said Meagan Avery, Chairman, Village of Superior Park Committee.

Now for the Village of Superior, the celebration of the National Night Out wasn’t the only celebration going on, as they opened up their brand new playground at Clarance Benson Park.

The village says they have been fundraising for more than five years, raising and receiving over $75,000 for brand new equipment the kids can play on. Community officials say, something like this really puts village into the community.

“This has been a labor of love and the village of superior we jokingly say it really does take a village. So many people got together to make this dream possible”, said Avery.

Now Superior wasn’t the only location having a community gathering this evening as Chum in downtown Duluth was filled with those catching up with neighbors and making new friends.

“The success of a police organization is the people in your community. That’s what allows us to have a safe community”, said Mike Tusken, Duluth Police Chief.

For those interested in the annual event, you can find more information here.

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