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Neighbors celebrate 'National Night Out'

Avery Vatne watches her disc wiggle its way down the Plinko board at the National Night Out party at Thomas Owens Park. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 5
Emily Linn paints a fish on Trent Hamilton during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 5
Ryland Anderson winds up to throw a ball at the dunk tank while the Rev. Paula Gaboury waits inside at National Night Out in Thomas Owens Park. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 5
Ryland Anderson and sisters Myla, Laura and Caroline Selvog line up their tadpoles for the race at National Night Out in Thomas Owens Park. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)4 / 5
Two Harbors Police Officer Tyler Anderson (right) hands out wristbands to Rylee and Carter Schmitz at National Night Out on Harbors Hills Drive. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)5 / 5

Kids ran and played, parents relaxed and chatted with neighbors and enjoying good food during a National Night Out events from Castle Danger to Two Harbors on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes partnerships between law enforcement and communities as well as neighborhood camaraderie. It's usually celebrated on the first Tuesday of August in all 50 states and U.S. territories and on military bases worldwide.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Castle Danger hosted about 40 people Tuesday for grilled hot dogs and brats, watermelon and brownie sundaes at the small church on U.S. Highway 61.

Pastor Hank Noordzy said this was the third annual National Night Out at the church and every year, the event has grown in size.

Lyle and Trish Northey hosted an event in their garage on Laura Lane in Two Harbors. Some chatted with Two Harbors Police Department Officer Ken Anderson. Others talked about their luck, or lack thereof, fishing on Lake Superior earlier in the day, with only one lake trout caught between two trips on the big lake.

Jan Gauthier hosted an event at her home on Harbor Hills Drive, with THPD Officer Tyler Anderson showing the kids his patrol car and handing out wristbands and stickers. Kids got to flip on his lights and Anderson delighted them by sounding the siren when he left to headed back to the police station.

In Thomas Owens Park, United Church's community get-together included several activities for adults and children. Children lined up to try their hand at the dunk tank, where notable Two Harbors residents, such as the Rev. Paula Gaboury, Mayor Chris Swanson and Police Chief Rick Hogenson, took 15-minute shifts getting drenched. Kids learned about animals from a booth by the Lake Superior Zoo, raced minnows, had their faces painted and won prizes for playing Plinko.

Volunteers cooked hot dogs for the approximately 70 residents who filtered through. Police officers chatted with neighbors while DJ Crit played music.