National Night Out — August 6th

Wind down your last days of summer with a great family friendly night out on August 6th. Pine City will be participating for the 4th year in the National Night Out event, just one of over 15,000 communities across the nation to be holding registered events.  The purpose of National Night Out is to promote police-community partnerships in an effort to get the community involved in crime prevention as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of programs offered by your community.

Pine City celebrates this event with a gathering in one of the local city parks — this year the event will be held in Robinson Park — and brings together a variety of groups that promote safety, health & fitness, community awareness, and family activities.

Beginning at 7PM families can meet members of the Sheriff’s Dept, Pine City Fire Dept, Pine EMS First Responders, Fairview Clinic nurses, Pine City Lifeguards and more!  A variety of fun activities will be offered and the evening concludes with an outdoor movie showing of Madagascar 3.

NNO 2013 Flyer

Now showing, one night only: “How to Train Your Dragon”

National Night Out – August 2

Pine City to join cities nationwide for ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’

Photo taken at a recent NNO event, an outdoor film in the backyard of Pine City resident Brad Mariska

On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods throughout Pine City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by several local agencies and organizations, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.   In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’.  NNO 2011 is being supported in part by TARGET, a national corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to:  (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and local participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Pine City and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.  Many neighborhoods throughout Pine City will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, visits from police, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.

For those hosting a neighborhood event who would like to register it so that others in the neighborhood can find out about it, and so a deputy or community leader can stop by, please do so by calling Pine City’s Neighborhood Watch co-chair and National Night Out coordinator, Jody Pangerl, at (320) 629-7553.

At 9 p.m. in Voyageur Park, all block parties and the rest of the community are invited to an open-air movie, “How to Train Your Dragon”, at Voyageur Park at Main St. N and 1st Ave. NW, behind the VFW.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the outdoor film with others in the community.

“How to Train Your Dragon” is a 2010 computer-animated fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name.  The family film stars the voices of Craig Ferguson and Kristen Wiig, among other humorists.   The story follows a young Viking teenager named Hiccup who aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition of becoming a dragon slayer.  After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe’s acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.  On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.”

Contact:  Coordinator Jody Pangerl at (320) 629-7553 or City Planner Nathan Johnson at (320) 629-2575.

Optional:  National Association of Town Watch / (610) 649-7055 /


Residents gather to start Neighborhood Watch program

About 15 residents came out Tuesday, April 19, to learn more about Neighborhood Watch, its potential benefits to Pine City, and how to get involved.   A kick-off event was held that evening at the American Legion.

City staff welcomed atendees then introduced Deputy Paul Widenstrom of the Pine County Sheriff’s Department, who led the discussion.  Though Pine City is the largest city in the county, and home to the local law enforcement agency, it hasn’t had an organized Neighborhood Watch in some time. 

“Neighborhood Watch exists in several of our cities in Pine County, Hinckley, Sandstone and Askov,” said Widenstrom.  “This is our third time trying to start it in Pine City.”

At least one attendee said she came to the kick-off to hopefully meet a neighbor of hers but, unfortunately, no one else showed from her neighborhood.   Attendees expressed their  interest in the information sharing that can take place when a Neighborhod Watch is successful in a community, between the Sheriff’s Department and the residents.

While Neighborhood Watch hadn’t been active in Pine City in over a decade, over the past four years, National Night Out has been celebrated with neighborhood block parties and get togethers.  Last year, the sheriff’s department and city officials made their rounds to approximately a half-a-dozen of them.

Widenstrom shared the resources available to the community including department staff being able to join in at meetings with presentations, handouts, and the ability of the department to provide Neighborhood Watch signs, when available, upon request.

Contact information was gathered from those in attendance and the next meeting date was set, for May 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.  The topics of discussion for the next meeting are lighting and the City’s curfew.  The hope of the newly-formed committee is to have interested residents from each of the City’s neighborhoods in attendance.

Register now for National Night Out


National Night Out 2010 – August 3rd

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has announced that the “27th Annual
National Night Out (NNO) program will culminate on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

Pine City residents are eager to take part in the event for the third straight year.  There is no cost to register your neighborhood event but only those registered will be eligible for giveaways and prizes.  To register, E-mail local NNO coordinator, Nathan Johnson, at

NNO 2009 involved over 36 million people in 14,625 communities from all 50 states,
U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.  National Night Out 2010
is expected to be the largest ever.  Once again this year, Target is a national corporate

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1)
Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in,
local anticrime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community
partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods
are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns
celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events
such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law
enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.

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2nd National Night Out Planned


Fighting crime with BBQs may sound rather unconventional, but on Aug. 4,  Pine City will become one of more than 12,000 communities to take a stand against organized crime and drug use by throwing several neighborhood parties.

“The event is a lot of fun,” said city planner Nathan Johnson.  “Last year, we had quite a bit of participation and we expect even more this year.”

National Night Out, also known as Night Out Against Crime, began in 1984 as a simple concept aimed at uniting entire communities in the fight against neighborhood crime: leave your lights on.  That year, 400 communities in 23 states brought 2.5 million Americans together through front porch vigils. The event, held on the first Tuesday of each August, has grown steadily and last year boasted much more than just a couple of million porch lights left on.

In 2007, 35.4 million people in more than 11,000 communities in all 50 states, territories, Canadian cities and military bases across the globe recognized the 24th annual National Night Out with festivals, parades, block parties, cookouts, neighborhood walk, safety fairs and rallies.

For general information about National Night Out 2008, visit