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Minnesotans are planning tons of events for National Night Out

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People from all over the state will be getting together on Tuesday for National Night Out.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual "community building campaign" that encourages people to hang out with their neighbors, make connections with local police, and come together to "make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live."

It's held every year on the first Tuesday of August, (except for a few states that celebrate in October). People celebrate with block parties, potlucks and barbecues, parades, contests and games, and activities for kids.

The program was developed in 1984 as a crime prevention program that promotes building relationships between neighborhoods and police, the website says.

Neighbors from all 50 states participate in the event, which usually takes place between 5-9:30 p.m.

What's happening around Minnesota?

More than 40 events and counting have been registered for National Night Out in St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Times reported, which include a dessert contest and block parties with St. Cloud firefighters and elected officials.

The Duluth News Tribune says more than 60 gatherings have been registered in the Duluth/Superior area – highlights include a pig roast catered by Famous Dave's at Piedmont Dental in Duluth, canoe rides and an obstacle course in Rice Lake, and a "Night of Blue" event in Superior where residents will light up their community with blue bulbs to show support for local law enforcement.

And for the last four years, Minneapolis has been ranked number one among all U.S. cities over 250,000 population participating in NNO, receiving trophies for the honor.

Here's a super long list of events happening in the city this year.

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