National night out a success

Isaac Schewe (left) and Dominic Wolle (right) race to be the first one to the top of the National Guard Climbing Wall.

NEW ULM — National Night Out was celebrated in German Park, Monday.

The annual celebration is a nationwide event designed for communities to fight back against crime by helping neighbors connect with each other, watch out for each other and become more familiar with their police departments.

The event was sponsored by the New Ulm Police Department, New Ulm Fire Department, United Way and the New Ulm Park and Rec.

New Ulm Police Commander David Borchert said National Night Out has been celebrated in New Ulm for at least 20 years, but this is only its fourth year in German Park.

Borchert said organizers moved the celebration from the fairgrounds and the turnout has consistently been higher since the move. Last year between 250 and 300 attended, with similar numbers this year.

By keeping the celebration in the center of town more people are inclined to attend.

Borchert said organizers were always looking for input on how to improve the annual community block party.

For the second year in a row, National Night Out had exceptional weather, with temperatures in the 70s and no humidity.

National Night Out is one of few events in which the neighborhood can listen to the Schell’s Hobo Band play while they play games, climb a rock wall, learn about fire safety or pet a six-foot boa constrictor.