Residents invited to a ‘night out’ Tuesday, Aug. 14

Second National Night Out event in Morrison County for kids — big and small

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor 

About 400 people came out to experience Morrison County’s first community get-together held last year in conjunction with “National Night Out.” Once again it will be held Tuesday, at the Little Falls Fire Hall, with policemen, firemen and emergency services personnel on hand to showcase their equipment, offer demonstrations and mingle with residents. A young resident, left, gave a thumbs up last year when he was able to try on a ballistic vest and a helmet, with the help of Little Falls Police Officer Kyle Johnson.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, will mark Morrison County’s second community get-together held in conjunction with “National Night Out.” It’s an evening that county residents can meet and get to know the people  who make up the public safety agencies that serve them on a more personal level.

In 2011, Little Falls firemen grilled and served more than 300 hot dogs to the crowds that came out to mingle. Residents were able to see fire trucks, police and sheriff’s cars, ambulances, helicopters and more, view demonstrations and take part in activities.

This year will be no different, although a few more features will be added.

Held again at the Little Falls Fire Hall, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., residents can look forward to watching a K-9 demonstration with the Little Falls Police Department (LFPD) and watch Little Falls firefighters demonstrate how to put out a  grease fire in a kitchen.

“It should be a fun time,” said Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman, whose department, along with the LFPD, is hosting the event.

“Having groups like the Boys and Girls Club and the Stand Up 4 U Coalition participate in National Night Out makes this event that much more exciting,” said LFPD Chief Greg Schirmers, who helped initiate the event in Morrison County last year.

“This is such a great way for us to better get to know the kids in our community — big and small,” he said. “It’s always so much fun talking to kids about police cars, fire trucks, helicopters, etc. and answering their questions.”

Food will be provided by Coborn’s and Walmart.

Last year, Schirmers said he was surprised at how well it went and the interest from the community.

“It was a good opportunity for the community to come out and see the services we can provide for them and gave the residents a better opportunity to get to know us a little better,” said Schirmers.

The Little Falls Fire Hall is located at 314 First St. N.E. Everyone is invited, if for nothing else, for a free hot dog.