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National Night Out set for tonight across southeastern Minn.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Thousands of citizens will get together tonight across our area for parties and picnics, celebrating the 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime.

The annual community get-together is held on the first Tuesday night in August, with the goal of bringing residents together in their neighborhoods to help cut down on crime.

Most groups have picnics, and register them with the Rochester police Crime Prevention Unit. In Rochester, there will be more than 150 get-togethers, with an estimated attendance of about 5,000 participants.

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, city council members and mascot McGruff, the crime dog, visit as many picnics as possible.

Other events are planned for tonight as well. The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester open house begins tonight at 5pm. Dinner is provided by Canadian Honker, and there will be plenty of games and fun for kids.

Also, every year, the town of Greenleafton, Minn. has one of the biggest National Night Out picnics-- last year, officials estimate nearly 600 people attended. And again this year, the picnic is being held at Greenleafton Reform Church at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In Mason City, a big get-together starts at 5 p.m. in East Park, featuring plenty of activities and entertainment.

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