Night to Unite brings together 38 parties

by Jim Boyle


The Elk River community played host Tuesday to 38 Night to Unite parties, including one at the ECFE Nature Explore Center at the Handke Family Center.

More than 75 people turned out for that first-time event as part of the  annual Night to Unite  event.

Elk River children had the opportunity to climb aboard fire trucks and other emergency vehicles during Tuesday’s Night to Unite festivities.

“We had nature, art tables, bike wash, obstacle courses, sprinklers and root beer floats,” said Julia Nielsen, an Elk River Area School District marketing and communications coordinator. “People brought picnic lunches and enjoyed the activities.”

There were also visits from Elk River Police and Fire.

“It was a gorgeous evening!,” Nielsen said.

In addition to dozens of neighborhood parties. There was also a large party at Lion’s Park Tuesday night and parties earlier in the day at the Guardian Angels senior center and the Elk River Activity Center.

Children and adults alike enjoyed root beer floats during the Night to Unite gathering at the ECFE Nature Explore Center.

These gatherings were held across the state as part of Minnesota’s 29th Annual Night to Unite to give crime and drugs a going-away party.

Night to Unite (an alternative to National Night Out) is always scheduled for the first Tuesday in August.