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Night to Unite brings West Fargo together

The location was shifted this week to accommodate ongoing construction at the northern end of Elmwood Park

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People enjoy some animal company at the 4LuvofDog Rescue booth at the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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WEST FARGO — Despite the warm and humid weather, hundreds came out to unite at Elmwood Park in West Fargo for the annual Night to Unite event.

West Fargo Police and Fire Departments hosted the annual Night to Unite at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo. The location was shifted this week to accommodate ongoing construction at the northern end of Elmwood Park.

Each year on the first Tuesday in August the community is invited to the event to learn as a time to come together and visit with the public safety agencies through demonstrations, informational booths and other activities.

“Night to Unite is a great opportunity to gather as a community, strengthen relationships, and interact with our regional public safety agencies,” Police Chief Denis Otterness said in a statement. “We look forward to engaging with our residents for a night filled with family fun activities.”

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West Fargo Police Chief Denis Otterness signs a kid’s event passport to be entered to win a prize at the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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West Fargo Firefighters, police officers, K-9 Unit, along with the SWAT team, bomb squad, and arson investigation canine were on hand at the event as well as a Vitalant mobile blood drive.

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Attendees of the free event received passports they could complete at the park for prize drawings.

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West Fargo High School Resource Officer Jason Balvik pops out of the water after getting dunked into a dunk tank during the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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Kids jump and dance around to music at the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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Families talk to police officers and experience sitting in the driver’s seat of a police car at the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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Six-year-old Helena Ryan throws a ball at the dunk tank to dunk a police officer during the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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Kids get lots of free goodies from different booths at the West Fargo Police Department’s annual Night to Unite event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at South Elmwood Park in West Fargo.
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