Meet your neighbors, share your concerns
On Tuesday evening, neighbors across the country will gather in parks, on street corners and in yards for the 30th annual National Night Out event, hosted by National Association of Town Watch. The goal is to discourage crime by allowing neighbors to get to know each other better and encourage neighborhood watch groups.
Red Wing will be no different. This is the 15th year that the city has held its version of the event, called Night to Unite. This year, there will be more than 20 neighborhood gatherings across the city.
"The neighbors get a chance to meet each other," Red Wing Police Department community service officer Tim Bohmbach said. "These days, you may live two doors away from each other and not know who lives in that house."
During the neighborhood gatherings, Red Wing police officers and Red Wing firefighters and paramedics will be making the rounds to speak with residents.
"We like to hear from citizens what the concerns are in their neighborhoods ... and kind of get some feedback from them," Bohmbach said.
Bohmbach added that unlike previous years, there are really no serious issues -- like strings of robberies, thefts or burglaries -- facing specific neighborhoods. Instead, he said he hopes this year's Night to Unite event will help neighbors get along with each other.
"I feel that if neighbors communicate with each other, they feel better about each other and handle a lot of the issues (like long grass and barking dogs) that they call the police about on their own," Bohmbach said.
For Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman, this will be his first Night to Unite event here. Pohlman started with the RWPD last October.
"I'm kind of excited to get out and meet more of our citizens ... and just answer their questions on myself or their concerns," Pohlman said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Each neighborhood is responsible for organizing its own gathering, Bohmbach said. Check the list below, organized by event start time, to see where your neighborhood gathering is. Parades on Sargent Drive and at Colvill Family Center will begin at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., respectively.
• 11 a.m. -- Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing (limited attendance event)
• 4:15 p.m. -- Jordan Towers
• 5 p.m. -- Downtown Plaza, Maple Hills, Red Oak Avenue/Poplar Drive, Trailside Acres
• 5:30 p.m. -- Hillcrest Street
• 6 p.m. -- Bryan Drive, Burnside Apartments, Cannon View Park, Colvill Family Center, Frenn Avenue, Hallstrom Drive, Jefferson School, Ninth Street, Mount Hood Lane, Pepin Woods, Phelps Street, Oak Grove Court, South Park Street
• 7 p.m. -- Langsdorf Avenue