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National Night Out to be celebrated Tuesday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

HURON — A wide array of community organizations will join the sponsoring Huron Police Department on Tuesday evening to celebrate National Night Out.

It’s the 30th year for the event across the country; for Huron it’s the third.

It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in Campbell Park. Most of California Avenue Southwest adjacent to the park will be closed off to traffic.

“National Night Out is a program that’s designed to promote community interaction with the police department and build connections and communication lines between the public and the police department,” said Officer Mark Johnson, event coordinator.

The various booths and activities will make people more aware of the organizations that are in town and what resources are available, he said.

“The biggest thing about National Night Out is to promote anti-crime programs we have and make people aware of the drug issues that are going on as well,” Johnson said.

In the planning stages for months, the event has drawn participants from the Huron police, fire and ambulance departments; Highway Patrol, YWCA, Jan Manolis Family Safe Center, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Also involved will be Lutheran Social Services, Center for Independence, South Dakota National Guard, Beadle County State’s Attorney’s office, United Way Heartland Region, Kiwanis Club, Huron Area Community Theatre, Huron Cub Scouts Pack 55, Community Counseling Services, Beadle County Risk and Resource, Huron Amateur Radio Association, Prison Fellowship, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Holy Trinity Catholic Parish and Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.

Also, Lincoln Auto, Mothers of Preschoolers, Tiger After School Program and Cornerstones Career Learning Center.

Firefighters will demonstrate the Jaws of Life with a vehicle from Lincoln Auto. Officer Derek Layher will have a K-9 demonstration with Officer Cody. The public library will be open and at about 8:30 p.m. or when it’s dark there will be an outdoor screening of “Despicable Me 2,” a 2013 computer-animated comedy film.

The first 25 people who sign up can enter a donut-eating contest, with donuts donated by the Donut Shoppe. National Guard and various police, Highway Patrol and ambulance vehicles will be on display.

The Huron Area Community Theatre group will perform short skits from its upcoming production of “Don’t Hug Me; I’m Pregnant.” The amateur radio members will have two trailers to demonstrate emergency communications.

“Through a multitude of different donations throughout the community, we’re going to do a watermelon feed,” Johnson said.

Many groups are planning concessions stands and FOP Lodge 3A is donating funds so the first 100 kids can get free hotdogs.

And then there’s the dunk tank.

“We’re going to do a Dunk-a-Cop fundraiser with the proceeds going to the Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund,” Johnson said.

“Come out and dunk Huron’s finest,” he said.

For more details, go to the Facebook page at HPD’s National Night Out. For other groups which might want to participate, Johnson can be reached at markj@huronpolice.com.

“We’ll start setting up between 4 and 5 and hit the ground running at 5,” he said. “There’s all kinds of activities going on throughout the night.”

For the complete article see the 07-30-2014 issue.

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